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´ J 7 6

™ K 9 7

t K 9 2

® A J 8 7

´ A 5

™ A Q J 10 8

t 10 7 5

® K 10 3

´ A 5

™ A Q J 10 8

t 10 7 5

® K 10 3

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™ -

t -

® A J 8 7

´ -

™ J

t -

® K 10 3

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ne of the things I love about bridge is the

detective work that goes into playing and

defending. You will have various pieces of

evidence which will sometimes give you a definite

solution or the answer most likely to be right.

Recently, sitting South, I picked up this hand,

playing pairs against good opponents with nobody

vulnerable:

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raised but I do not need to worry about that yet.

I start by drawing trumps, LHO follows twice and

discards a spade, RHO has three hearts. I end in

hand and play a spade towards the jack. West wins

the queen as East fumbles ever so slightly and plays

the ´8. Without much thought West cashes the tA

and plays another diamond. I win the king, discard

my last diamond on the ´J, East following with the

´9 and ruff dummy's last diamond to see if

anything interesting happens. East follows with the

My partner opened 1®, I responded 1™ and LHO

overcalled 1´. Partner doubled which showed three

hearts (see Neil Rosen's support doubles on page 26)

and I made a practical bid of 4™.

My LHO led the ´K and partner tabled:

I won the first trick with the ace as my RHO

played the 4 (standard count).

The contract is in good shape. I can draw trumps,

play a spade towards the Jack which will give me

nine top tricks. The diamond ace is likely to be

onside as spades are probably 5-3 and RHO hasn't

jack and West follows small. The position is now:

Obviously the contract is home and dry but if I

can work out who has the ®Q, I can make a

valuable overtrick. So, I play detective:

So far I know 10 of West's cards and nine of

East's:

West does not need the ®Q for his overcall and

East would probably not raise even if they held the

tQ and the ®Q since that would give them a very

´ K Q 10 3 2 ´ 9 8 4

™ 6 3 ™ 5 4 2

t A 8 3 t J 6 4

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