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Sunday, December 22, 2002

Bridge

It was Eastís lucky day

NORTHíS 3C response was Stayman and Eastís double of this bid showed good values in clubs, suggesting that partner should lead the suit. South correctly proceeded with his normal response of 3H and North raised to 5H, inviting a slam. With so many aces and kings in his hand, not to mention the ace of Eastís suit, it seemed an obvious raise to the slam for South. How would you play 6H when West leads the five of clubs to Eastís jack?

The mirror 4-4-3-2 distribution was a disappointment but South could see one chance of success. He won the first round of clubs, drew trumps in three rounds, then played three rounds of spades. His next move was to cash the ace and king of diamonds, in the hope that East had started with only two cards in the suit. Finally, he exited with a club to dummyís 10. It was his lucky day! East had to win the trick, as expected, and he had no diamond to play. The enforced club return gave declarer a ruff-and-discard and he was able to throw his diamond loser. Twelve tricks made.

ó David Bird

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