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BRIDGE BITES  #137

      

 

COUNT UP TO TEN

                                                        Brian Gunnell

  

♠ A752

KJ2

62

♣ 6532

 

 

            Both Vulnerable

            South   West     North    East

            1         Pass    2         Pass

            4         All Pass

 

As Declarer, you can count eight top tricks and there are various ways by which you might attempt get that total up to ten.  There’s the Club finesse … a Diamond trick or two … a Diamond ruff or two.  Bearing in mind that Dummy has limited entries, what is the best way of combining the chances after the ♠Q opening lead?

 

        Dummy

 

West            East

 

       Declarer

♠ 3

AQT83

QJ54

♣ AKJ