Bridge Deal of the Week (May 25 2016)

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Problem



You reach the best game contract of 4♠, rejecting the inferior contract of 5♣. West leads the ♥Q. From a holding of AKQ, the opponents play the opening lead convention that queen asks for count. East plays the ♥2, showing an odd number of cards. West cashes the ♥A, and since he knows that a third heart will not cash, he shifts to the ♣5. How do you play the contract at IMPs where overtricks are immaterial?

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Under the reasonable assumption that diamonds are 4-3, you can guarantee your contract, regardless of how the other cards are distributed.

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