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Just as all great composers eventually attempt a symphony, every bridge writer aspires to do an "over-the-shoulder" book in which the reader shares the writer's thoughts in a series of deals. Terence Reese was a master of this genre. His "Play These Hands With Me," source of today's deal, has been reprinted.

In North-South's system, North's raise to three diamonds promises an ace. Reese, as South, cue-bids three hearts, but North misunderstands and raises. Since the game is duplicate, Reese bids six diamonds: Slam is uncertain, but to play at five diamonds will lose to pairs at 3NT.

West leads a club, and things look so grim that declarer tries for a swindle: He takes East's queen with the ace and returns the seven! West plays low, thinking East may have held K- Q-6, and dummy's ten wins.

"I still have to manage the spades," Reese writes. After a round of trumps, he leads the queen of spades. If this loses to East, there will be no danger of a club ruff. West covers, and the ace wins. South then cashes the queen of trumps and leads a spade from dummy. "East goes into a small trance. Finally, he plays low, hoping West can win and give him a club ruff. My ten wins, and I ruff a spade and end up with an overtrick.

"East led the assault. 'What happened to the jack of clubs?' he demanded. " 'The same as the jack of spades,' snapped West. 'We didn't make it.' "

"Play These Hands With Me," $15.95 plus shipping from Baron- Barclay, (800) 274-2221.

South dealer

Neither side vulnerable


A 6

9 6 4 3

Q 8 5

10 8 4 2


K 8 5 2

Q 8 7 2


J 9 5 3


J 9 7 4

K J 10 5

10 3 2

Q 6


Q 10 3


A K J 9 6 4

A K 7
2 Pass3 Pass
3 Pass4 Pass
6 All Pass
Opening lead -- 3

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