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BRIDGE BITES  #128

      

 

ESCHEWING THE FINESSE

                                                                                   Brian Gunnell

 

 

♠ A943

AQJ5

A54

♣ KQ

 

 

            Both Vulnerable

            South   West     North    East

            1♣         Pass    1        Pass

            1♠          Pass    6♠        Pass

            Pass     Pass

 

Your writer cannot recall seeing the word “eschew” other than in bridge books.  Football players and golfers never eschew, nor do NASCAR drivers, but bridge players seem to do it all the time.  Here, North charges into slam (eschewing Blackwood), now see if you can make 12 tricks.

        Dummy

 

West            East

 

       Declarer

♠ KJ75

K72

97

♣ AJT4

 

6♠ is a fine place to be but, after the lead of the K, you are in danger of losing a Spade and a Diamond.  What are your options?