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BRIDGE BITES  #96

      

 

A HOPELESS CONTRACT

                                                                              Brian Gunnell

 

♠ AQ8

JT873

65

♣ 764

 

 

E-W Vulnerable

South   West     North    East

1         2         4         4♠

5         Dbl       Pass    Pass

Pass

 

North’s jump to 4 was supposedly preemptive and hardly ideal given those defensive Spade tricks.  The consequence was that South pushed on to 5, expecting that 4♠ would make and that 5 doubled would be a profitable sacrifice.  As it happened she was wrong on both counts.

        Dummy

 

West            East

 

       Declarer

♠ J4

AKQ54

A

♣ JT952

 

West leads the Spade Nine which is probably a singleton.  It looks like this contract is down two, doesn’t it?  There’s a Spade to be lost, and three Clubs also.  Is there a glimmer of hope?