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BRIDGE BITES  #121

      

 

MR. & MRS. SMITH

                                                     Brian Gunnell

 

 

          

♠ QJ3

3

T4

♣AKJT982

                  

 

 

            Both Vulnerable

            South   West     North    East

            1NT      Pass    3NT      Pass

            Pass     Pass

 

Playing bridge is a great activity to enjoy with one’s spouse.  However, some bridge clubs have a Mr. and Mrs. Smith in their ranks, and perhaps these couples are temperamentally better suited to chess or backgammon.

 

♠ T96

987

Q765

♣ 543

       Dummy

 

Mrs       Mr Smith

 

       Declarer

♠ 852

AQT654

KJ32

 

♠ AK74

KJ2

A98

♣ Q76

 

 

At a Club duplicate the entire N-S field was having a bad day and missed the lay-down slam.  Instead, they played in 3NT making the obvious 12 tricks, except at the table where a tricky Declarer scored an extra trick from an unlikely source.  Yes, there was some false-carding involved, but where did that 13th trick come from?