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Only One Way To Get There
Edwin B. Kantar
December 25, 1978
A hand of bridge is not unlike a journey. There are often several directions you can take, some of which will lead you to the wilderness, one to where you want to go. The following hands offer you several options, mostly in the area of finesses. For every one you solve correctly, award yourself 25 points. To find out how you did, turn to page 79.
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December 25, 1978

Only One Way To Get There

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[Ace of Spades]
[Jack of Spades]
[9 of Spades]
[8 of Spades]
[Jack of Hearts]
[5 of Hearts]
[4 of Hearts]
[3 of Hearts]
[King of Diamonds]
[Jack of Diamonds]
[Queen of Clubs]
[Jack of Clubs]
[5 of Clubs]

EAST

[Queen of Spades]
[5 of Spades]
[10 of Hearts]
[9 of Hearts]
[2 of Hearts]
[9 of Diamonds]
[8 of Diamonds]
[5 of Diamonds]
[4 of Diamonds]
[3 of Diamonds]
[Ace of Clubs]
[King of Clubs]
[10 of Clubs]

Are you worrying about the queen of spades? When will you ever learn? Neither East nor West had enough to open the bidding, each has turned up with an ace-king combination, and one of them must hold the ace of diamonds. Get the picture?

The opponent with the ace of diamonds can't have the queen of spades or else he would have 13 high-card points. So...find out who has the ace of diamonds. As there is no danger of a heart ruff (East's deuce denies a doubleton), play the king of diamonds.

If West turns up with the ace of diamonds, play East for the queen of spades and vice versa.

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NORTH

[10 of Spades]
[9 of Spades]
[8 of Spades]
[Ace of Hearts]
[King of Hearts]
[Queen of Hearts]
[Jack of Hearts]
[6 of Hearts]
[2 of Hearts]
[8 of Diamonds]
[3 of Diamonds]
[8 of Clubs]
[4 of Clubs]

WEST

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