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BRIDGE BITES 

    

 

INDEX 61-80

         

 

 

A THOUGHTFUL LEAD

61

In which a thoughtful West considers the clues and comes up with a devastating opening lead

MEA CULPA

62

West finds an awkward opening lead and South misses the chance to pull off a rare coup

THIRD TIME LUCKY

63

As is quite often the case, Declarer must set up her side-suit before drawing trumps

PLAYING THE PERCENTAGES

64

Two chances are better than one and realization of that simple fact allows Declarer to bring home his slam

NICE TRY

65

In a fascinating battle of wits between Declarer and the defense, it is Declarer who has the last word

FAILURE TO COMMUNICATE

66

West fails to keep open the lines of communication with Partner and another beatable contract squeaks home

A FREE SHOT

67

Declarer squanders his Club Two and a brilliant East false card makes him pay the price

A STRANGE LEAD

68

When Partner makes an "impossible" opening lead then maybe she is trying to tell you something

AN "OOPS" MOMENT

69

Declarer's slam looked altogether too easy until he blundered his way into an "Oops!" moment

SQUEEZED IN 3 SUITS

70

Accurate card reading allows Declarer to squeeze West until the pips squeak

DECLARE OR DEFEND?

71

In which you will be given the choice of whether you would prefer to declare 4 or defend 4

SPORTING DOUBLE

72

This usually means a Double which is a sure thing, but East found out that it was not as sure as he thought

TWO-EDGED SWORD

73

West's count signal helps East to find the right defense, but unfortunately it also helps Declarer find the winning line

READING THE LEAD

74

In which Declarer reads the opening lead correctly, guesses trumps, remembers the auction, and makes a discovery play ... all that just for an overtrick

DIFFERENT CONTRACT

75

Declarer might play this in 3NT or 4 but in either case the same ploy will reel in the contract

DUPLICATE DECISION

76

For Declarer it's "Heads she wins, tails she loses only occasionally"  Who could resist a bet like that?

A SITTING DUCK

77

If Declarer remembers the auction then poor East is a sitting duck to be endplayed

THE GRIFFINS CLUB

78

In which we enjoy the amusing antics of the Rueful Rabbit and the Hideous Hog

THE ONLY CHANCE

79

It took exactly the right distribution for Declarer to land his contract, but it was the only chance and he took it

NERVES OF STEEL

80

It didn't really take nerves of steel, just some counting so as to be ready with a smooth duck in the end-game