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BRIDGE BITES  #105

      

 

VANISHING TRUMP TRICK

                                                                                  Brian Gunnell

 

♠ 52

AJ

9872

♣ AQJT9

 

 

E-W Vulnerable

South   West     North    East

            Pass     1♣         Pass

1♠        Pass     2♣         Pass

2        Pass     2♠         Pass

3♠        Pass     Pass    Pass

 

None of the N-S bids was completely terrible, but the auction worked out badly, leaving South to labor in a poor 3♠ contract.  But careful timing and accurate card reading will win the day.

 

        Dummy

 

West                East

 

       Declarer

♠ AT764

KQT3

Q6

♣ 42

 

West leads a low Diamond to Eastís Ace, a Diamond is returned to Westís King, and you ruff Westís J.  Things are looking pretty bleak!  For starters, you will need the Club finesse to work.  And then there is the small matter of the trump suit, where you can afford only two losers.  Doesnít that require the suit to be 3-3?  Not necessarily!