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Both vulnerable. East deals.



Published: Thu, October 26, 2006 @ 12:00 a.m.



Both vulnerable. East deals.

NORTH

K J 10 5 3

J 9 7 2

K 7 2

10

WEST EAST

9 8 6 2

K 8 5 3 A 10

J 9 6 5 Q 10 8 4 3

9 8 3 A K 6 5

SOUTH

A Q 7 4

Q 6 4

A

Q J 7 4 2

The bidding:

EAST SOUTH WEST NORTH

1 Dbl 1 Dbl

Pass Pass 1NT Pass

Pass 2 Pass 4

Pass Pass Pass

Opening lead: Five of

Years ago, psychic bidding was very popular. These days, the outright psyche has been replaced by light actions in all seats. Still, once in a while a psyche still rears its head. This deal is from a European Championship team match.

After East's one-diamond opening and South's takeout double West chose to roil the waters by bidding one spade. That did not prevent North-South from reaching their four-spade contract in quick time.

There was no reason for West not to lead his partner's suit. Declarer won drew trumps and, in the fullness of time, lost two hearts and a club. Making four spades.

At the other table the first two bids were identical. There West saw no reason to enter the auction, North jumped to two spades and again North-South reached four spades in quick time -- with one difference. North was declarer here.

East led the king of clubs, West followed with the three and declarer produced the ten, East shifted to the ace of hearts and followed with the ten to West's king. A heart continuation allowed East to ruff -- down one.

This 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;2006, Tribune Media Services

Copyright 2006 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.




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