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Coast Bridge with C. P. Shah

 

The second round of Clubs reveals the uneven split

 

Coastweek -- In the following hand it appears that the contract can be made but appearances can be deceptive.






     
DEALER:            SOUTH             NORTH-SOUTH       VULNERABLE           BIDDING:

S O U T H W E S T N O R T H E A S T
ONE CLUB P A S S ONE HEART P A S S
THREE CLUBS P A S S THREE HEARTS P A S S
THREE 'NO' TRUMPS P A S S SIX 'NO' TRUMPS P A S S
P A S S P A S S    
                                                   
                                                   
                  N O R T H                
                  A 9 8                          
                  A K Q 7 6 2                    
                  10 3                            
                  8 3                            
                                                   
          W E S T   E A S T                    
          J 7 6 5   Q 10 2                      
          9 5 4 3   10 8                        
          J 6 4 3   K 9 8 7                    
          2         K 10 9 5                    
                                                   
                  S O U T H                  
                  K 4 3                          
                  J                              
                  A Q 5                          
                  A Q J 7 6 4                    
                                                 
                                                 

West led the Five of Spades and Declarer noted the blocked Heart position.

Accordingly he won the lead in hand with the King and cashed the Knave of Hearts because it was necessary to lose to the King of Clubs before releasing Dummy's Ace of Spades, at trick Three he led the Queen of Clubs.

East won the King and returned a Diamond before Declarer knew of the unfortunate Club splits.

Declarer rose with the Ace.

Normal splits in Clubs and Hearts would see him home without a second Diamond trick, but when he cashed the Ace of Clubs and West discarded, he no longer had any play for 12 tricks.

Declarer should have cashed the Ace of Clubs at trick Three before leading the Queen.

This is the correct play not only because the King might be Singleton.

The second round of Clubs reveals the uneven split and now Declarer knows he needs the Diamond finesse for the 12th trick.

Declarer could have made the contract the way it actually went.

After rising with the Ace of Diamonds he should refrain from cashing the Ace of Clubs, rather he should cross to the Dummy's Ace of Spades and run his Hearts.

East will be squeezed in the minors on the final Heart.

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