Both vulnerable. North deals.



Both vulnerable. North deals.
NORTH
A 4
A 6 5 2
A Q J 8 7
A 6
WEST EAST
9 8 7 6 5 Q 10
Q 9 8 7 Void
K 10 3 9 6 4 2
Q J 10 9 8 7 5 2
SOUTH
K J 3 2
K J 10 4 3
5
K 4 3
The bidding:
NORTH EAST SOUTH WEST
1 Pass 1 Pass
4 Pass 4NT Pass
5 Pass 6 Pass
Pass Pass
Opening lead: Ten of
Cover the East-West cards and see whether you can match some of the world's best players as they try to make six hearts on this deal from a major championship.
The bidding was quick and to the mark. After North's one diamond opening bid and South's one-heart response, North's jump to four hearts was most descriptive. The five-diamond response to South's key-card Blackwood inquiry promised one or four key cards, and South knew which.
West did not fancy a black-suit lead and instead chose a deceptive 10 of diamonds. Declarer did not want to lose a trick unnecessarily at the opening gun, so elected to rise with the ace. A diamond was ruffed low and the king of hearts revealed the trump position.
Declarer continued by running the jack of hearts, which was allowed to hold as East parted with the jack of clubs. A club to the ace provided the entry for another diamond ruff and, when that felled the king, declarer was in control. He cashed the ace of hearts and ran winning diamonds from the table. West could ruff with the master trump when he pleased, but that was the only trick for the defense.
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; 2007, Tribune Media Services
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