Bridge Deal of the Week (January 24 2018)

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♠ J862
♣ K10
♠ AQ105
♣ 8652


The Auction:

West North East South
1♣ Pass 1 1♠
1NT 2♠ 3 3♠
Dbl Pass Pass Pass

West started the auction with 1♣. North passed. East responded 1. South, holding 13 HCP, decided to overcall – 1♠. West bid 1NT, North supported South`s spades with 2♠. East bid 3.  South went on – 3♠. West doubled and this became the final contract.

West takes the first trick with the ♣A (trick 1).

Everything seems rosy for South for there seem to be only three more losers – the ♠K might be offside and the declarer faces losing one trick in hearts and one in diamonds.

But 1NT and the consequent double by West hint heavily that spades won`t break even – how can South win 9 tricks?

Dealer: West

Vul: Both

Contract: 3♠ Dbl by South

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If spades are split 4-1 and West holds Kxxx, then the declarer should think twice before pulling the trumps.

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