Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Bridge Column for Jan. 15

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Bridge Column for Jan. 15

Article excerpt

Neither vulnerable. South deals.

NORTH

K 10 9 5 3

8

8 6 4 2

K 10 7

WEST EAST

J A Q 8 7 6 2

K 9 7 5 4 2 J 10

3 K 7 5

8 6 4 3 2 Q J

SOUTH

4

A Q 6 3

A Q J 10 9

A 9 5

The bidding:

SOUTH WEST NORTH EAST

1 2 Dbl* Pass

3NT Pass Pass Dbl

All pass

*Negative, values with no clear bid

Opening lead: Six of

When a defender sees that declarer's only possible play is bound to succeed, the defender should try to give the declarer a losing option an alternative play that will not succeed. East in today's deal was Sally Brock, a leading player from England.

The opening club lead went to the jack and ace. Had declarer known the lucky club position, he could have used the two club entries to take diamond finesses and sailed home with nine tricks. Lacking X-ray vision, South cashed the ace of diamonds and led the nine to East's king. …

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