BRIDGE



Both vulnerable. South deals.
NORTH
x A K 9 4
u 10 9 7
v J 3
w J 10 9 6
WEST EAST
x Q 10 8 5 3 x J
u Q 4 u J 6 2
v 9 5 4 v Q 10 7 6
w A Q 5 w K 7 4 3 2
SOUTH
x 7 6 2
u A K 8 5 3
v A K 8 2
w 8
The bidding:
SOUTH WEST NORTH EAST
1u 1x 1NT Pass
2v Pass 2u Pass
2x Pass4u Pass
Pass Pass
Opening lead: Five of x
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The auction was interesting. We like North's decision to bid one no trump over West's one-spade overcall rather than raise hearts immediately. When North took a heart preference over two diamonds, South made a game try with two spades. Holding a maximum with a ruffing value in diamonds, North went straight to the game in hearts.
West led his fourth-best spade, and declarer was ambivalent about the dummy that hit. The hands fitted well, but since there were losing diamonds to be taken care of, declarer could not afford to draw trumps immediately. That meant he was exposed to a spade ruff. To prevent the defenders from collecting two ruffs, on winning the first trick with the king of spades declarer immediately cut the defenders' communications by leading a low club from dummy to the eight and the queen.
West continued with the queen of spades, declarer ducking. A low spade was covered with the nine and ruffed by East. Declarer won the diamond shift with the king and cashed the ace-king of hearts, and was delighted when both defenders followed. It was easy to cash the remaining high diamond, ruff a diamond on the table and then discard the remaining diamond loser on the ace of spades.
XThis column is written by Tannah Hirsch and Omar Sharif. For information about Charles Goren's newsletter for bridge players, call (800) 788-1225 or write Goren Bridge Letter, P.O. Box 4410, Chicago, Ill. 60680
& copy;2004 Tribune Media Services

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