Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Bridge Column for July 16

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Bridge Column for July 16

Article excerpt

Both vulnerable. North deals.

NORTH

Q J 8 7 6 5

J

Q 10 7

A 8 3

WEST EAST

10 3 A K 9 4

9 8 4 3 10 6 2

9 2 A J 8 6 3

K Q 9 6 5 J

SOUTH

2

A K Q 7 5

K 5 4

10 7 4 2

The bidding:

NORTH EAST SOUTH WEST

1 2 2 Pass

2 Pass 2NT Pass

Pass Pass

Opening lead: Nine of

This deal is from an important tournament in Asia earlier this year.

Light opening bids, based upon distribution, often have to "pay the piper" when no fit is found. A two-spade contract looks to be cold for North-South, but South cannot be faulted for his two no trump bid many would have bid three no trump.

The opening diamond lead presented a clear problem for declarer. He needed his king of diamonds for an entry to the hearts and East would surely withhold his ace on the first round. …

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