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BRIDGE BITES  #101

      

 

WHEN ALL ELSE FAILS

                                                                        Brian Gunnell

 

♠ A95

K854

KJ653

♣ Q

 

 

None Vulnerable

South   West     North    East

                                         1♣

Pass     1♠         Dbl       2♣

2NT       Pass    3NT     Pass

Pass     Pass

 

Optimistic N-S bidding lands South in a seemingly hopeless 3NT.  But one good thing about such contracts is that itís so much fun when they make!  You will need to put on your hornswoggling shoes for this one.

        Dummy

 

West            East

 

       Declarer

♠ K64

A63

T42

♣ A765

 

West leads the ♣T and you hold up your Ace.  East continues the suit, and it looks safe to win that one (surely West is now out of Clubs).  Can you make nine tricks if East holds the A?  No, if East has that card then the contract will be down on the run of the Clubs.  So, to make 3NT, you must assume that West has the A.   Next question.  Where is the Q?