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Bridge 6/21
The unblocking to end all
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    Author and humorist Cecilia Bartholomew said, "Writers have two main problems. One is writer's block, when the words won't come at all, and the other is logorrhea, when the words come so fast that they can hardly get to the wastebasket in time."
    All this week a certain person's logorrhea has had words flying onto your newspaper page about suit blocks. To end the week, here's the suit-blockage deal to end all suit-blockage deals.
    South is the declarer in seven spades. How can he get home after West leads the club jack?
    North was right to bid one club. You should open most hands with 12 high-card points, especially if the suit you name is one you are happy for partner to lead and you have at least one ace or two kings.
    Now South had stars in his eyes, but was not sure of the best strain. So he started quietly, responding one spade. Then, when North raised to two spades, South launched into Blackwood before bidding seven spades.
    South seems to have 13 tricks via five spades, three hearts, two diamonds and three clubs. But how does he get those heart tricks when he is in the dummy for the last time?
    South must realize that he cannot afford to leave the dummy early in the play. He must immediately take dummy's other two club winners and discard — unblock — the ace and king of hearts! Then he cashes the three heart winners, discarding his three diamond losers.
    What a blockbuster!
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