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BRIDGE BITES  #102

      

 

A REVEALING AUCTION

                                                                         Brian Gunnell

 

            Both Vulnerable

            West     North    East     South

                          1♣         Pass   1

            Pass     1♠         Pass   1NT

            Pass     2         Pass    3♣

            Pass     3NT     Pass    Pass

            Pass

 

The delicate N-S auction was designed to determine whether they belonged in 3NT or 5♣.  Eventually they chose 3NT but along the way they generously donated all sorts of useful information to their opponents.

 

In fact, you are one of those opponents, you are West and you are on opening lead.  Your hand is:

            KT43

            98632

            974

            9

 

Itís always a good idea to mull over the auction before making the opening lead.  What did Northís 2 mean?