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CONTACT BRIDGE MONDAY, APRIL 16,2012 I WWW.AMNEWS.COM THE ADVOCATE-MESSENGER WORD SLEUTH- BY STEVEN BECKER Famous Hand East dealer. North-South vulnerable. NORTH +108752 .A932 +K9 +A 10 WEST EAST +Q 9 4 +A3 .75 • KJ4 +AQJI082 +76 53 +Q85 +7 4 3 SOUTH +K J 6 • Q 10 8 6 +4 +K J 9 6 2 The bidding: East South West North Pass Pass I NT Pass Pass 2+ 3+ 4+ 4. Pass Opening lead - ace of diamonds. This deal from the U.S.-Great Britain match at the 1991 world team championship brought together two pairs noted for their aggressive bidding styles. North-South were Amcricans Eric Rodwell and Jeff Meekstroth, pitted against Britain's Tony Forrester and Andy Robson. Roth pairs lived up to their advance billing. Robson began by opening an offshape one notrump (12-14 points in the partnership style). When this rolled around to Meckstroth, he bid two clubs for takeout. Robson then showed his true colors by leaping to Tomorrow: BQEOMJ three diamonds. This did not silence Rodwell, who cue bid diamonds to ask his partner to choose a major suit, and Meckstroth's four-heart bid ended the auction. Robson led the ace and another diamond, declarer discarding a spade on the king. Meckstroth then had to resolve the problem of how to tackle the trump suit. Meckstroth decided to delay playing trumps until he could learn a little more about the opponents' holdings in the other suits. So at trick three he led a spade to the jack and was gratified to see this force the ace. Declarer won West's spade return with the king and reviewed what he had learned up to this point. West had to have six diamonds for his threediamond bid, so he could not hold more than three clubs (more than three clubs would give him a singleton - not consistent with his original notrump bid). So Meckstroth next played the A-K and another club, ruffing the third round in dummy without fear of being overruffed by East. Declarer was now ready to tackle the trump suit. Since West had already shown up with the ace of spades, queen of clubs and a strong diamond suit headed by the ace, he could not hold the heart king. So Meckstroth played the ace and another heart, and when East produced the king, the game was home. Unreliable generalizations. 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Know that you do not have to act on this sixth sense. Tonight: Time for a special person. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) You are excellent at deferring to others, and now you can demonstrate that skill. A raise or some other unanticipated source of money could pop into your life out of the blue. Your creativity and desire to take risks will escalate. Tonight: Sort out the possibilities, then decide. LIBRA (Sept. 23-0ct. 22) Stay in touch with your needs and obligations. You might be frustrated as you try to get everything done. Focus, and don't let a personal matter create too much angst in your day. A discussion illuminates a situation. Tonight: Choose a stress-buster, then go home. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) Your creativity is heightened by a disagreement. You want to find a resolution, and you would prefer to keep others involved. Discussions could become inflammatorv Someone vou sometimes take for cranted will make **** **** **** **** **** you smile. 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