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BRIDGE BITES  #97

      

 

DOUBLE DECEPTION

                                                                  Brian Gunnell

 

          

♠ T6

763

AQT653

♣ 87

                  

 

E-W Vulnerable

South   West     North    East

1♣        Pass     1         Pass

2NT      Pass     3NT      Pass

Pass    Pass                                     

 

We’ve mentioned in previous Bites how much pleasure bridge players derive from a dastardly bit of trickery now and again.  The deception you are about to see was all the more fun because both defenders had to be in on the joke.

♠ K2

QJT42

J42

♣ T43

       Dummy

 

West            East

 

       Declarer

♠ QJ543

985

K7

♣ QJ9

 

♠ A987

AK

98

♣ AK652

 

 

This looks like a routine contract, wouldn’t you say?  West leads the Q won by Declarer’s Ace.  Declarer runs the Diamond Nine, losing to East’s King.  Back comes a Heart, but now Dummy’s Diamonds are good and Declarer romps home with 10 tricks.  Bridge is an easy game!  But when the deal was played in real life, East and West conspired to make Declarer’s life not quite so easy.  Do you see how?