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BRIDGE BITES  #123

      

 

FIRST THINGS FIRST

                                                              Brian Gunnell

  

 

♠ 7

T743

AKT9632

♣ 6

 

 

            E-W Vulnerable

            South   West     North    East

                                        3         Pass

            3NT      Pass    Pass    Pass

 

Some players donít approve of preemptive bids when holding a 4-card major, pointing out that it risks missing (in this case) a 4-4 Heart fit.  Others will say that Northís so-called Heart suit is pitifully weak, and surely that long, strong minor needs to be bid.

 

        North

 

West            East

 

       Declarer

♠ KJ2

AKQ5

J

♣ KQJT8

 

On the actual deal, Northís 3 preempt got N-S to a dubious 3NT when 4 was indeed a superior contract.  Against 3NT, the opening lead was a Spade to Eastís Ace, then a Spade to Declarerís Jack and Westís Queen, followed by a third Spade.  On the second and third Spades, Dummy pitched a Club and a Diamond (a Heart could not be spared as the 4th Heart was a potential entry).

 

After winning the third Spade trick, how would you play the Diamond suit?  Would you finesse against the Queen, or would you play for the drop?