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BRIDGE BITES  #130

      

 

PERILOUSLY HIGH

                                                        Brian Gunnell

 

 

♠ T2

JT43

KJ93

♣ T95

 

 

            E-W Vulnerable

            South   West     North    East

            1         2♣        2         Pass

            3         Pass    Pass     Pass

 

South’s game-try got N-S perilously high, and with the Clubs badly placed, and with both major suit finesses destined to lose, it seemed that 3 would be going down one.  But, of course, one way to avoid losing finesses is simply not to take them.

 

        Dummy

 

West            East

 

       Declarer

♠ AQJ5

AQ985

T6

♣ K8

 

Against 3, West started with a low Diamond, low from Dummy, won by East’s Ace.  Now the defense played Clubs and Declarer ruffed the third round.  Pausing to take stock, Declarer reflected upon the auction.  What could she deduce?