Thursday, February 22, 2018GOREN BRIDGEWITH BOB JONESG2018 Tribune Content Agency, LLCSTRANGE BIDDINGNorth-South vulnerable, East deals ppeal to East, as the suit would beblocked after knocking out dummyace. The best possible heart holdinNORTHAJ962for West was three to the queen, andthat wouldn't be good enough to usethe suit because East had no further0 J53»9872entryWESTEASTA 10 4VQ 10 3A9874It appeared that West had threeQ853hearts, which must mean that he heldK6542 three spades that were stronger or hewouldn't have bid two spades in theauction. East shifted to a low spade at1062#5SOUTHK7VJ87trick two and declarer played lowfrom his hand. Would West rise to theoccasion? Yes! He brilliantly insertedhis 10 of spades, losing to dummy'sjack. South needed a diamond trick tomake his contract, so he crossed to**AKQJ 10 6The biddinEAST SOUTHASsosiTH WEST NORTEL his hand with a club and led thesneaky queen of diamonds. Westgrabbed his ace and continued withPassPass NTBoth majors, weakAll passthe ace of spades, felling South'sking, and led the four of spadesthrough dummy's remaining ninc-six. East took two spade tricks toOpening lead: Three of CEast-West were using a conventiondefeat the contractthat has a serious following on other South did nothing unreasonable inshores, but is seldom seen in the the auction, and we expect that theUSA. West had no idea as to which of same contract would have beenEast's major suits was longer or reached with no bidding by East-stronger, so he corrected to his own West. The defense, however, wouldbetter majorprobably not have been as accurateThe opening heart lead was duckedin dummy and East won with the (Bob Jones welcomes readers'king. A heart continuation did not e-mails: tcaeditors@tribpub.com)

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Thursday, February 22, 2018 GOREN BRIDGE WITH BOB JONES G2018 Tribune Content Agency, LLC STRANGE BIDDING North-South vulnerable, East deals ppeal to East, as the suit would be blocked after knocking out dummy ace. The best possible heart holdin NORTH AJ962 for West was three to the queen, and that wouldn't be good enough to use the suit because East had no further 0 J53 »9872 entry WEST EAST A 10 4 VQ 10 3 A9874 It appeared that West had three Q853hearts, which must mean that he held K6542 three spades that were stronger or he wouldn't have bid two spades in the auction. East shifted to a low spade at 1062 #5 SOUTH K7 VJ87 trick two and declarer played low from his hand. Would West rise to the occasion? Yes! He brilliantly inserted his 10 of spades, losing to dummy's jack. South needed a diamond trick to make his contract, so he crossed to **AKQJ 10 6 The biddin EAST SOUTH ASsosiTH WEST NORTEL his hand with a club and led the sneaky queen of diamonds. West grabbed his ace and continued with Pass Pass NT Both majors, weak All pass the ace of spades, felling South's king, and led the four of spades through dummy's remaining ninc- six. East took two spade tricks to Opening lead: Three of C East-West were using a convention defeat the contract that has a serious following on other South did nothing unreasonable in shores, but is seldom seen in the the auction, and we expect that the USA. West had no idea as to which of same contract would have been East's major suits was longer or reached with no bidding by East- stronger, so he corrected to his own West. The defense, however, would better major probably not have been as accurate The opening heart lead was ducked in dummy and East won with the (Bob Jones welcomes readers' king. A heart continuation did not e-mails: tcaeditors@tribpub.com)

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