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Bridge in the Tri-Cities: Nothin’ Could Be Finer

Dealer:

South

Vul:

N/S

: A98743

: KT732

: 86

: void

: KQJ65

: T

: QJ98

: 654

: A53

: J

: 6

: KQJT8743

: 2

: A

: KQT9742

: A952

Bidding:

S

W

N

E

1D

1S

P

5C

5D

D

all pass

Opening Lead: Six of clubs.

Nothin could be finer,*

Than to play it in a minor,

When you’re doubled.

With the ace of diamonds down,

You greet it with a great big frown,

You’re troubled.

But the six of clubs was led,

And that is when you knew,

You’d make five diamonds,

When it was through.

Nothin could be finer,

Than to play it in a minor,

When you’re doubled.

*Sung to the tune of Carolina in the Morning.

The Bidding: Playing precision, South’s 1D bid was near maximum. West overcalled 1S and North made a trap pass. East was proud of his clubs and jumped to game. South would not be shut out with his distribution and tried 5D. West was happy to see that 5C would not be the final contract and he doubled.

The Play: Perhaps West should have concluded that the best defense would be to lead trumps and prevent a ruff in the dummy. When distributional hands come up, it is often best to lead a trump. You can hardly blame West for leading his partner’s suit, expecting to get a ruff. South trumped the opening lead, led to his ace of hearts, and put a club on the table. West did the best he could by rising with the ace of diamonds and leading another diamond. He held it to 5D, but the contract was home for a top result.

What Happened: 5C doubled by West went down 3 at one table. At two other tables, 5C went down only two and was not doubled. Finally, one N/S pair defended 3H (doubled) and set it two.

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