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BRIDGE BITES  #127

      

 

CREATING AN ILLUSION

                                                                            Brian Gunnell

 

 

          

♠ QJ2

KJT2

Q43

♣ J63

                  

 

            E-W Vulnerable

            South   West     North    East

            1♣        Pass     1         Pass

            2NT     Pass     3NT      Pass

            Pass   Pass

 

In a rubber bridge or team game, this would be a pretty dull deal, with N-S making 10 or 11 tricks in about 30 seconds flat.  But in a duplicate bridge game, where overtricks are well rewarded, this dull deal suddenly becomes most interesting!

♠ 963

74

KJ865

♣ 984

       Dummy

 

West            East

 

       Declarer

♠ T85

A8653

A7

♣ T72

 

♠ AK74

Q9

T92

♣ AKQ5

 

 

3NT was the contract at every table and all the West players led a Diamond to Eastís Ace, after which a Diamond was returned, South playing the Two on the first trick, followed by the Nine.  The West players knew that, if East had two remaining Diamonds, he would have returned the higher one at Trick 2.  Therefore, Declarer had the missing Ten, and there was no point in ducking the second Diamond, he had to take his King while he still could.  The defense won the A later and it was just 10 tricks for Declarer.  How could Declarer have made life more difficult for the defense?