BRIDGE



North-South vulnerable. West deals.
NORTH
x -3
u -Q 9 2
v -A Q 3
w -A K 10 5 3 2
WEST EAST
x -K 9 6 5 2 x -J 10 7
u -A 10 5 4 3 u -8 7 6
v -9 v -10 7 5 4
w -8 6 w -Q 7 4
SOUTH
x -A Q 8 4
u -K J
v -K J 8 6 2
w -J 9
The bidding:
WEST NORTH EAST SOUTH
Pass 1w Pass 1v
Dbl 3w Pass 3x
Pass 4v Pass 4NT
Pass 5x Pass 6v
Pass Pass Pass
Opening lead: Ace of H
Make sure you preserve entries to both your hand and dummy. Use them prematurely and you might have to pay a steep price.
North showed a good hand over the double by jumping to three clubs. South bid his second suit and, when North raised diamonds at his second turn, launched into Key-Card Blackwood, where the king of trumps counted as a fifth ace. The five-spade response showed two of the five aces and the queen of trumps, but with a key-card missing South settled in the small slam.
West led the ace of hearts and continued the suit to declarer's king. The club suit would have to be brought in for 12 tricks to be made, and the only entries were in trumps. If trumps were 3-2, it would be simple, but declarer found a neat way to cater to the possibility of a 4-1 split.
Declarer cashed the king of diamonds, crossed to dummy with the ace of clubs and discarded a club on the queen of hearts. A club was ruffed in the closed hand and, when both defenders followed, declarer could almost claim. A trump was led to the ace and declarer was quite happy to see West discard. The king of clubs fetched the queen as South discarded a spade, and it left three winning clubs on the table. Declarer simply started running clubs. East could ruff at any time, but declarer would overruff, return to dummy with the queen of trumps and cash the remaining clubs for spade discards.
& copy;2004 Tribune Media Services

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