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BRIDGE BITES  #100

      

 

MAXIMUM DAMAGE

                                                              Brian Gunnell

 

          

♠ J96

Q876

A4

♣ Q643

                  

 

 

 

Both Vulnerable

South   West     North    East

1NT      Pass     2♣        Pass

2         Pass     3♥        Pass

4         Pass    Pass    Pass

 

West leads the J, and if this contract

is to be defeated then East will be

required to defend well!

♠ AT32

5

JT962

♣ JT9

       Dummy

 

West            East

 

       Declarer

♠ 875

A432

KQ83

♣ 75

 

♠ KQ4

KJT9

75

♣ AK82

 

 

The defense will score the ♠A, A and a Diamond trick for sure, but the rest of the hand looks solid for Declarer.  The only hope for the defense is that the 4-1 trump split will prove awkward for Declarer.  How can East inflict maximum damage and set 4?