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BRIDGE BITES  #139

      

 

TRUMP CONTROL

                                                   Brian Gunnell

  

          

♠ QT9

QT874

9

♣ A863

                  

 

            Both Vulnerable

            South   West     North    East

                                                     1

            2♣         2          3♣        3

            3♠         Pass     4♠        All Pass

 

N-S stretch to reach 4♠ here.  Even though it is a 4-3 fit, itís the only game with a chance of making.  As is often the case with 4-3 fits, the success of the contract depends on trump control.  Which side will prevail?  Place your bets.

♠ 7643

K65

QJT7

♣ 74

       Dummy

 

West            East

 

       Declarer

♠ 85

AJ3

AK8652

♣ 52

 

♠ AKJ2

92

43

♣ KQJT9