Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Bridge Column for March 31

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Bridge Column for March 31

Article excerpt

North-South vulnerable, North deals

NORTH

A K 5

A K 7 3

Q J 9 4 2

3

WEST EAST

J 6 3 8

10 8 5 Q J 9 4 2

A 6 K 10 8 7 3

J 9 6 4 2 Q 7

SOUTH

Q 10 9 7 4 2

6

5

A K 10 8 5

The bidding:

NORTH EAST SOUTH WEST

1 1 1 * 2

3 Pass 4 Pass

4 Pass 5 Pass

6 All pass

*At least five spades

Opening lead: Eight of

North had a difficult hand to bid. He loved his hand in support of spades, but he failed to consider some drawbacks. He had too much in hearts opposite partner's known shortness and his club singleton wasn't an asset when his partner bid clubs twice. He bid too much.

West might well have led his ace of diamonds against the slam, but his partner's wafer-thin overcall persuaded him to lead his partner's suit. …

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