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North-South vulnerable, South deals.

NORTH

♠A K 10 8 7

♥Void

♦6 5 4 2

♣Q 6 5 2

WEST EAST

♠J 9 6 5 2 ♠Void

♥8 7 3 ♥A K Q J 10 6 5

♦10 7 ♦J 9 8

♣10 9 7 ♣K 8 4

SOUTH

♠Q 4 3

♥9 4 2

♦A K Q 3

♣A J 3

The bidding:

SOUTH WEST NORTH EAST

1NT Pass 2♥ 4♥

Pass Pass Dbl Pass

4♠ All pass

Opening lead: Seven of

South ruffed the opening heart lead in dummy and led a low spade to his queen. East showed out on the first trump, but declarer didn’t panic — he just kept fighting. South led a low spade to dummy’s 10 and started cashing high diamonds in his hand. West ruffed the third diamond and reverted to hearts. Rather than ruffing, South discarded a diamond and a club from dummy on the next two hearts. This was the position:

NORTH

♠A K

♥Void

♦Void

♣Q 6 5

WEST EAST

♠J 9 ♠Void

♥Void ♥Q J

♦Void ♦Void

♣10 9 7 ♣K 8 4

SOUTH

♠4

♥Void

♦3

♣A J 3

A club lead from East would make it easy for South, so East led the queen of hearts. Declarer ruffed and West had an unpleasant choice. Should he over-ruff, South would also over-ruff in dummy and draw West’s last trump, while shedding a low club from his hand. A club finesse later, South would claim his contract. West chose to discard a club, instead, but now South shed a club from dummy and led the three of diamonds. West conceded when South showed him his hand. Nicely played! (02/19/19)

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