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Bridge in the Tri-Cities: Really Stupid

Dealer:

East

Vul:

Both

: AKQJ94

: void

: Q984

: J93

: 876

: 3

: AKJ7532

: QT9864

: JT

: 6

: 8

: AKQT2

: T52

: void

: AK7532

: 7654

Bidding:

S

W

N

E

-

-

-

1H

2D

4H

6D

P

P

P

Opening Lead: Ace of hearts

Take a look at only the west hand and the bidding and select a lead.

The Bidding: The saying goes, “With 6/5 come alive!” East opened in his major and South made a light overcall of 2D. West raised to 4H, hardly believing that his partner could open the bidding with 1H. North heard his partner overcall at the two level vulnerable and raised to 6D. The auction fizzled out at the six level.

The Play: Did you lead your partner’s suit? If you did as West, declarer was home with all the tricks. He pitches a club from his hand and ruffs on the board, pulls trump and runs his spades. If you picked your singleton club, good going, your opponents are down two! Or better yet, bid 6H. Maybe they will let you make it like all the others.

What Happened? The contract was played three times in hearts by E/W (making 6), once in 5S by N/S (down 1) and then there was this result! After the hand was over, West said, “I made a stupid lead,” and everyone agreed!

Bridge Futures: There are many bridge games in the Tri-Cities and I am sure there is one for you. Contact the Richland Community Center (RCC) to find a match for your abilities or your preference. The Richland Duplicate Bridge Club has a game every Monday night at the RCC starting at 5:30. Call Tom Edwards at 946-1824 for more information.

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