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BRIDGE BITES 

    

 

INDEX 41-60

         

 

 

THE DEVIL'S COUP

41

A rare coup in which the defense's "certain" trump trick disappears in a puff of blue smoke!

THE STRIPTEASE COUP

42

In which Declarer divests the defenders of their small trumps and another "certain" trump trick disappears

THRUST AND PARRY

43

East strives mightily to deny Declarer access to Dummy, but loses the battle at Trick 13

CHERCHEZ LA FEMME

44

Declarer gathers clues in order to track down the trump Queen, and East misses a chance to steer him wrong

FIND THE LADY

45

Another missing Queen, and some more detective work by Declarer

"NICE TRY, PARTNER!"

46

Dummy offers Declarer the customary condolence after watching him utterly bungle a cold game contract

SMOOTH DUCK

47

Declarer gleefully takes a winning finesse but finds to his chagrin that the same finesse loses second time around

THE CUSTOMARY RETORT

48

East is guilty of whining after N-S wrap up their slam contract, but Declarer straightens him out

MANAGING THE ENTRIES

49

Declarer handles with great aplomb the toing and froing between her hand and Dummy

RIGHT-SIDING THE CONTRACT

50

Some contracts just need to be played from the right side lest the opening lead is ruinous to Declarer

SIDE-SUITS FIRST

51

Drawing trumps immediately is not always a good idea, sometimes there are more urgent priorities

PAYBACK TIME

52

In which West (who has been causing trouble of late) gets his comeuppance

TIMING IS EVERYTHING

53

Our expert Declarer requires delicate timing to bring home her game contract

A ROAD MAP

54

Sometimes a double can inflict a severe penalty, but here it merely gives Declarer a road map for playing the hand

THAT SINKING FEELING

55

This occurred at Trick 2, immediately following a quite reprehensibly hasty play at Trick 1

FINESSE FATALE

56

Declarer brings home the bacon by declining a finesse that was unnecessary and altogether too dangerous

THE FORCING GAME

57

When a defender has a good trumps, he often does better to force Declarer to rough rather than go after his own ruffs

SELF-INFLICTED WOUND

58

In the previous Bite, Declarer fell victim to a forcing game, same thing here but this defeat was self-inflicted

GLYNDA'S DUCK

59

This is not a recipe, it's a fine ducking play to cut off Dummy's threatening long suit

A JOY TO BEHOLD

60

Declarer makes her hopeless contract with a clever deceptive play, much to the discomfort of a duped West