BRIDGE

This deal was played in a European tournament, where they certainly don't bid according to Goren. North's decision to open the bidding on his pile of junk may be surprising, but we have to say he described his hand well. He did have the promised length in the red suits and we agree that he was weak!

East won the opening spade lead with the ace and returned the suit to West's king. When West continued spades, South claimed 10 tricks. Ho-hum.

I'm sure you noticed that the defense wasn't the best. They could have held declarer to nine tricks by cashing their major suit winners. Did you also notice that the contract could have been defeated? Look what would have happened had East, rather than returning a spade at trick two, cashed his two high hearts. Remarkably, South would have been forced to discard a club! He could not discard a spade or a diamond without setting up tricks for the defense.

East can then exit with a low diamond to declarer's ace. South can cash seven club tricks, but must surrender the last two tricks to the king of spades and the king of diamonds.

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