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BRIDGE BITES  #119

      

 

THE ONLY CHANCE

                                                           Brian Gunnell

 

 

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Suppose that you are playing in a duplicate (matchpoint) event.  Nobody is vulnerable, East opens 1, and E-W bid up to 3.  Now N-S compete with 3♠ and that gets doubled.  Playing in Hearts, E-W would probably make 9 tricks, and that’s -140 for N-S.  But here N-S are in 3♠ doubled and will get a good result only if they can hold their losses to down one, scoring -100.  Down two for -300 would be very bad indeed.  You are Declarer, how do you propose to escape for down one?

 

        North

 

West            East

 

       Declarer

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