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Forego Leads to Four Gone


by Ron Klinger

http://www.RonKlingerBridge.com

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Problem

SOUTH Dealer | EW Vulnerable

WestNorthEastSouth
   1 
Pass2 Pass2 
Pass?  

What would you do now as North with:

Q J 7
K Q 6 5 2
A K J 10 2
N
WE
S



Solution

Are you one of those who jump to game occasionally without investigating other possibilities fully? If so, you are in good company, if today's deal from the final of a National Open Teams is anything to go by.

South Deals
E-W Vul
Q J 7
K Q 6 5 2
A K J 10 2
A J 10 7 6 4
9 6
J 9 4
8 5
N
WE
S
9 8
10 3 2
A 10 8 7 3
Q 9 6
K Q 5 3 2
A K 8 5 4
7 4 3
WestNorthEastSouth
   1 
Pass2 Pass2 
Pass3 1Pass3 
Pass4 2Pass4 
PassPassPass 
  1. fourth suit forcing
  2. cue-bid for hearts

Lead: C8

Declarer took the CA and drew trumps. He then led the C3 to the jack and queen. East switched to a spade and South had one spade, five hearts and four clubs for +420.

North's 3C bid was a wise move. With such powerful clubs, it would be very tempting to jump to 3NT over 2H. That is exactly what happened at the other table:

WestNorthEastSouth
   1 
Pass2 Pass2 
Pass3 NTPassPass
Pass   

Lead: D7!

East found the excellent lead of the low diamond and West's DJ was taken by the king. Declarer cashed the CA, overtook the HJ with the ace (risking a 4-1 split) and took the club finesse. East won and shifted to the S9, king, ace. West returned the D9, ducked, and another diamond. The defence thus had three diamonds, a spade and a club for +50 and +10 Imps.

Why did North forego 3C fourth-suit? What could go wrong? Over 3D or 3S he could still bid 3NT (and now the defence might think the club holding is more vulnerable) and over 3H, he could support.


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