Neither vulnerable. South deals.


x7 6 4 3

uK J 8 3

vA 9 6 5



xQ 8 2 x9

u7 4 uA 10 6 5

v3 2 vK 8 7 4

wJ 10 8 7 4 2 wA K 6 3


xA K J 10 5

uQ 9 2

vQ J 10

wQ 9

The bidding:


1NT Pass 2w Pass

2x Pass 3w Pass

3NT Pass 4x Dbl

Pass Pass Pass

Opening lead: Seven of u

The strides taken by junior bridge players over recent years have been tremendous. Some years back, Joe Grue of the United States was awarded the International Bridge Press Association’s Best Junior Hand of the year from a match against Canada in the World Junior Team Championship.

We are not sure of the meaning of North’s bid of three clubs. It would appear North meant it as showing shortness in the suit, but South didn’t understand that. Apparently neither did East for he made what appeared to be a lead-directing double, but West did not read it that way.

The result at the other table was that the Canadians were one down in the same contract, losing a trick in each suit. Here, West led the seven of hearts, ducked round to declarer’s nine. After some thought, declarer concluded that, had East held the queen of spades, he would have been reluctant to double for fear of compromising his trump holding so, at trick two, declarer led the knave of trumps from hand!

Had West covered with the queen, the contract could have been defeated two tricks since West could have obtained a heart ruff. Not surprisingly, however, it never dawned on him that South might be leading the jack away from 100 honors in the suit, so he played low. Declarer won, cashed the ace and king of spades and cheerfully conceded a trick in each side suit to land his doubled contract.

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