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BRIDGE BITES  # 131

      

 

TALE OF TWO SUITS

                                                               Brian Gunnell

 

♠ AQ

A72

9432

♣ 6542

 

 

            Both Vulnerable

 

            South   West     North    East

                1NT      Pass    3NT      Pass

            Pass     Pass

 

Thanks in large part to the horrible Spade duplication (where ten HCP bring in two measly tricks), 3NT needs some luck.  And, after the opening lead of the Spade Five, 3NT also requires careful play in Diamonds and Hearts.  Can you make nine tricks?

        Dummy

 

West            East

 

       Declarer

♠ KJ

QJT8

KJT5

♣ KQ8