Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Bridge Column for Feb. 2

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Bridge Column for Feb. 2

Article excerpt

Neither vulnerable, North deals

NORTH

10 6 5 2

A 9 8 2

Q 3 2

A 3

WEST EAST

4 3 A K Q J 7

J 7 4 3 K Q 6

Void J 10 5 4

K 10 9 7 5 4 2 Q

SOUTH

9 8

10 5

A K 9 8 7 6

J 8 6

The bidding:

NORTH EAST SOUTH WEST

Pass 1 Pass Pass

1NT 2 Pass 2

Pass Pass 3 All pass

Opening lead: Four of

South did well to compete to three diamonds, despite East having bid the suit. East would have had no trouble taking eight tricks in his spade contract. It would be even better if South could find a way to take nine tricks in his diamond contract.

East started with three rounds of spades. South ruffed low on the third round, knowing that West didn't have any trumps. Declarer led a club to the board's ace and led a diamond to his seven when East didn't split his honors. It would not have helped East to split. …

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