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BRIDGE



Published: Wed, January 5, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



Neither vulnerable. East deals.

NORTH

x 6

u 4 3 2

v K Q 10 9 7

w A Q 9 6

WEST EAST

x 5 4 3 x 9 8 7

u 10 9 5 u A K Q J 8

v 6 4 3 2 v A

w 5 4 2 w J 10 8 3

SOUTH

x A K Q J 10 2

u 7 6

v J 8 5

w K 7

The bidding:

EAST SOUTH WEST NORTH

1u 1x Pass 2v

2u 4x Pass Pass

Opening lead: Ten of u

Here is another example of how the bidding and play can point the way to a successful line of defense.

After East's opening bid and South's overcall, the spade misfit meant that North could do no more than bid two diamonds. While that did not necessarily show much strength, South's fit for the suit increased his trick-taking potential, and the jump to four spades on the solid six-card suit was a reasonable shot.

West led the 10 of hearts, and East did not like the dummy that appeared. Obviously, West held little if anything in the way of high cards. Two defensive tricks would have to come from hearts and one from diamonds, and the setting trick would either have to be a diamond ruff or a third heart -- but which? Cooperative defense provided the answer.

East overtook the 10 of hearts with the jack and led the ace of diamonds, and West came to partner's aid. Since East obviously held all the higher hearts, West's nine of hearts was a potential entry. In an effort to tell partner of this, West played his highest diamond -- the six. (Had he led the 10 of hearts from 10 x, West would have followed low to deny an entry in hearts.) East read partner's signal correctly, returned the eight of hearts to partner's nine and scored a diamond ruff for a one-trick set.

& copy; 2005 Tribune Media Services




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