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BRIDGE BITES  #108

      

 

 TRUST THE OPPONENTS

                                                                             Brian Gunnell

 

 

♠ AT

72

54

♣AKQJ872

 

            E-W Vulnerable

            West    North  East   South

                        1♣      Pass    1♠

            4        5♣      Pass    5

            5        Dbl     Pass    5♠

            Pass    6♠      Pass    Pass

            Pass

 

On this deal, West trusted Declarer’s bidding and found a             brilliant shift at Trick 2.  And Declarer trusted West’s bidding             enough to find a clever counter and bring home her slam.

 

        Dummy

 

West            East

 

       Declarer

♠ KQJ9864

8

A932

♣ 9

 

On lead against 6♠, West cashed a high Heart and had to decide what to do at Trick 2.  If he had tried to cash a second Heart then there would be no story to tell, as you would ruff that, draw trumps and run the Clubs.  But West was in a trusting mood, and concluded that you were unlikely to have two Heart losers on this auction.  So he found the fiendish shift of the Club Ten, knocking out Dummy’s only side-suit entry before trumps had been drawn.  What will you do now?