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Both vulnerable, South deals

Today’s deal features British expert Colin Simpson. He was South, playing against a couple of up-and-coming juniors.

West had a difficult choice of leads. Only an unlikely diamond would give nothing away and he can’t be faulted for his choice of a club. Simpson won in hand with the jack and crossed to dummy with a diamond. A heart to the queen and the ace of hearts saw a high-low from both opponents. This was the standard signal to show an even number of cards in the suit, if they were telling the truth. Simpson looked at their angelic young faces and decided that a third round of hearts would be too dangerous.

Simpson cashed the ace of clubs, then played the ace of spades and a spade to dummy’s 10. He then played a diamond to his ace and a diamond back to dummy’s queen, leaving this position:

Card reading

Having a perfect count on the hand, Simpson cashed dummy’s king of clubs and put West on play with the queen of clubs for a spade lead away from the queen. Well played!

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