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Handle with Care


by Ron Klinger

http://www.RonKlingerBridge.com

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Problem

EAST-Dealer | NS-Vulnerable

A 3
J 6 5 3
A 8 4
A 10 7 5
N
WE
S
K Q 5
9 2
K 10 9 7 5 2
J 3
WestNorthEastSouth
  2 Pass
PassDblPass3 NT
PassPassPass 
3 NT by South

2S = Weak, 5 spades, 4+ minor
DBL = For takeout

West leads the S2. Plan the play.


Solution

From a Butler Open Trials:

East Deals
N-S Vul
A 3
J 6 5 3
A 8 4
A 10 7 5
J 9 2
A Q 10 7 4
Q 8 6 4 2
N
WE
S
10 8 7 6 4
K 8
Q J 6 3
K 9
K Q 5
9 2
K 10 9 7 5 2
J 3

Given North's takeout double, South hoped for 5-6 tricks from the diamonds, plus two in spades and so bid 3NT. As East's 4+ minor was probably clubs, East might well have DJ or DQ singleton. South took the SA and led the D4. Had East played the DJ or DQ, the plan was to take the DK and finesse the D8. If that lost to DQ-J doubleton, South could unblock the DA on the third spade.

When East followed low on the D4, South put in the D10. It was unlikely that East's minor was diamonds, but you never can tell. If West won this, perhaps the heart switch would not be found. When West showed out, South played DA, DK and a fourth diamond and had nine tricks when East-West could not take five tricks. That was worth +600 and 10 Imps against the datum of N-S 170.



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