Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Bridge Column for Feb. 6

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Bridge Column for Feb. 6

Article excerpt

Both vulnerable. North deals.

NORTH

K 10 7 4

A K Q 8

7 4 3

9 5

WEST EAST

Q 9 8 6 J 2

J 4 3 10 7

J 10 6 Q 8 5

A Q 4 K J 8 6 3 2

SOUTH

A 5 3

9 6 5 2

A K 9 2

10 7

The bidding:

NORTH EAST SOUTH WEST

1 Pass 1 Pass

2 Pass 4 All pass

Opening lead: Eight of

North-South held nothing back in the auction, arriving at a contract that seemed impossible, barring a miracle in spades. East- West were playing "third-and-fifth" leads as many experts do. That means third best from an even number of cards in the suit, and low from an odd number of cards. Note that the lead of the six of spades would allow South to insert dummy's seven, forcing the jack from East, and allowing a subsequent finesse to dummy's 10 to avoid a spade loser. …

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