Bridge Deal of the Week (October 04 2018)

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♠ A10976532
♣ K10
♠ Q84
♣ 9754


The Auction:

West North East South
  1♠ 2 2♠
3 3 5 5♠
Pass Pass Pass  

North started with 1♠, East overcalled 2., South responded 2♠ and West 3. North called 3 (trial bid inviting to game). East jumped to 5. South went higher and declared 5♠.

East led the 6.

Both hand combined North/South hold 11 spades. With an even split the ♠K and ♠J will drop.  North is void in diamonds – no losers.  But North has the Kx in clubs, which might mean losing two tricks. Judging by bidding, East probably holds the ♣A. Also the Q is missing; this adds up to three losers.

How can North win 11 tricks?

Dealer: North

Vul: Both

Contract: 5♠ by North

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Dummy´s hand will help, but keep sufficient entry points.

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