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Bridge 11/07

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Posted: November 6, 2006 4:45 p.m.
Updated: November 14, 2006 5:00 a.m.
Bridge Today arrives monthly not in your mailbox but in your inbox — it is sent by e-mail. So, buy a ring binder and some loose-leaf paper, and away you go.
    The content is aimed at duplicate players, but there are instructive sections in addition to tournament reports.
    This deal, described by Pamela Granovetter, editor Matthew's wife, was taken from Terence Reese's book called "Master Play" in the United States and "The Expert Game" in Britain. You are South, in four spades. West leads the heart king. You duck, take the heart-jack continuation with your ace, and play your diamond. West jumps in with his ace, cashes the heart queen, and exits with a club, covered by the queen, king and ace. Needing the rest of the tricks, how would you continue?
    North opens with one no-trump, promising 15-17 points, and South makes an old-fashioned three-spade jump to show a five-card suit with at least game values.
    Your three club losers must be discarded on dummy's diamond winners. You must also find an opponent with the doubleton spade queen. But you cannot draw trumps and return to the dummy to run those diamonds. You need a later dummy entry, which has to be the spade three. Lead a middle spade to the board's king and cash the ace, dropping a middle spade. Then start the diamonds, throwing clubs. East ruffs the fourth diamond, but you overruff and lead the carefully preserved spade two to dummy's three. This allows you to cash the last diamond, discarding your final club.
    Full details are available at www.bridgetoday.com.
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