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Bridge Deal of the Week (Aug 31 2007)

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The Auction:
West   North   East   South
3♣       4♣*     pass   4♠
all pass

North's 4♣ was not a cue-bid; it showed a hand with limit raise or better in spades, in case South wanted to explore slam. South had a minimum hand, so 4♠ became the final contract.

West led the Q, covered by the king and ace. East returned the 8, ruffed by West, who now plays the 8. West is unlikely to have the K based on his preempt, and his 8 play, which prompts you to go up with the ace.

West has already ruffed a heart, and you need the remaining spades to divide 2-2. You can play East to hold the Q10x in spades, but if that is the case you cannot ruff a club in dummy without getting overruffed by East. You therefore play a spade to the ace. West does have a singleton spade, but the good news is that the singleton is the queen. Plan the rest of the play.

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Bridge Baron deal No: N4890-99384-59259-09852-96830-59291

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