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BRIDGE BITES  #140

      

 

LOUD AND CLEAR

                                                        Brian Gunnell

  

          

♠ T8

T854

T953

♣ QJ5

                  

 

 

E-W Vulnerable

            South   West     North    East

            2♣         2         Pass    Pass

            4♠         All Pass

 

2♣ was artificial and strong, and South wound up in 4♠.  Looking at all four hands it is not difficult to see how E-W can defeat this contract, but how many E-W pairs would find the winning defense at the table?

♠ 542

3

AQJ742

♣ 732

       Dummy

 

West            East

 

       Declarer

♠ 97

AJ962

K6

♣ T864

 

♠ AKQJ63

KQ7

8

♣ AK9

 

 

On opening lead, West did not see much future in Diamonds, so he went after a ruff or two by leading his singleton Heart.  East won her Ace and Declarer, being a shifty sort of fellow, dropped the King in an attempt to muddy the waters for the defense.  That gave East pause for thought, as she wondered whether West had led from Q73.  Eventually East decided that Declarer’s King was probably flim-flam, so she returned a Heart for West to ruff.  But which Heart?