Bridge Deal of the Week (July 05 2017)

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The Auction:

West North East South
Pass 1♠ Pass 2NT
Pass 3NT all pass  


South opens with 1♣, North responds 1♠. South continues with 2NT showing strength, North declares 3NT. West leads the 6. We invite you to take the South seat – you have four tricks in spades and three aces. Can you find two more tricks?

Contract: 3NT by South

Vulnerable: none

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When lacking length and strength in the suit led by the opponents, the Rule of 7 helps to determine how many times to duck. Count the number of cards both you and dummy hold in the defenders' suit, subtract this number from 7 and hold up your winner that many times.

You have three hearts (Axx) and dummy two (xx) – altogether 5, duck 7-5 = 2 times before taking a trick with the A.

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