Both vulnerable. North deals.



Both vulnerable. North deals.
NORTH
8 4
K 9
Q 9
A Q J 9 8 6 2
WEST EAST
6 2 Q 10 9 5 3
J 8 7 6 3 2 A 10
J 8 A 7 6 3
10 7 4 K 3
SOUTH
A K J 7
Q 5 4
K 10 5 4 2
5
The bidding:
NORTH EAST SOUTH WEST
1 1 2 Pass
3 Pass 3NT Pass
Pass Pass
Opening lead: Six of
Overcalling in the spade suit has many advantages, including its pre-emptive value. But it can, on occasion, point the way to the winning line.
After North's opening bid and East's overcall, South started by bidding two diamonds. North could do no more than rebid his clubs, and South's three no trump ended the auction.
West led the six of spades, East covered with the queen and declarer won with the king. With most of the strength marked in the East hand, declarer returned a low diamond and finessed dummy's nine! East won with the ace and returned the ten of spades, taken with the jack. Declarer continued by clearing the queen of diamonds, dropping the jack, and then leading the king of hearts. East was helpless.
If the defender took the ace of hearts, he would either have to put declarer on lead with a major suit or else lead a club to dummy. If a heart came back to the queen it would be the entry to cash the diamonds. If he held up, another heart from the board would endplay East. Either way the contract would coast home.
& copy;2007 Tribune Media Services
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