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BRIDGE BITES  #115

      

 

WHICH FINESSE?

                                                    Brian Gunnell

 

 

♠ A6432

832

642

♣ T6

 

 

 

When this deal was played in a team match, both of the South players charged into 6 with little or no encouragement from North. 

 

You have probably noticed that Dummy is alarmingly short of entries.  So you might think that at Table 1, where West led a helpful Spade, Declarer would be in rather better shape than at Table 2 where West led a distinctly unhelpful Diamond.  But, in fact, 6 went down at Table 1 and made at Table 2!

 

        Dummy

 

West            East

 

       Declarer

AQJT94

AKQJ

♣ AQ5

 

How should Declarer have played at Table 1, after the opening Spade lead?