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BRIDGE BITES  #93

      

 

A SURE THING

                                           Brian Gunnell

 

          

♠ 4

K32

T743

♣ KQ752

                  

 

 

South   West     North    East

              1♣        Pass     1♠

2         2♠         4          Pass

Pass     Dbl      Pass      Pass

Pass

 

We don’t condone the bidding, we just report the facts.  In the old days West’s Double might have been thunderous, but now  we have bidding boxes, keeping down the decibels on those occasions when West thinks he is on to a sure thing.

♠ KQ3

AQJT

Q5

♣ T986

       Dummy

 

West            East

 

       Declarer

♠ JT976

8

KJ82

♣ J43

 

♠ A852

97654

A96

♣ A

 

 

After leading the ♠K, West got the first bit of bad news when he saw the K in Dummy, and realized that he did not have four certain trump tricks.  “No matter”, thought West, “surely we can scrounge up a trick or two in the side-suits”.  Not so!  Declarer was able to abscond with 10 tricks thanks to this well-timed line of play:

            At Trick 1 he won the ♠A

            Then he cashed the ♣A and A

            Over to Dummy with a Spade ruff

            Cash ♣K and ♣Q (pitching Diamonds)

            Diamond ruff

            Spade ruff

By now, Declarer had 8 tricks and this was the end-position: