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Partner plays the t8.

8 What does that tell you?

Answer: Playing natural count, if the t8 is not a

singleton or not from Q-8 doubleton, partner is

about to play high-low in diamonds to show you an

even number of diamonds, either two diamonds or

four.

9 Which is more likely?

Answer: If partner has four diamonds, declarer

would have only one, the tK singleton. This is

impossible given the lack of a 4-card major in

South's hand. With a tK singleton declarer would

have six clubs, leaving partner with none - but

partner did follow. So partner holds two diamonds.

10 And so?

Answer: Declarer began with three diamonds.

11 If South continues with a low diamond, what

should you do?

Answer: Play low, just in case East did begin with

Q-8 doubleton.

12 In practice South continues with the tQ. Do

you take this or duck?

Answer: You should play low again. If declarer

began with four diamonds, you cannot prevent

declarer reaching dummy eventually. If declarer

began with three diamonds and you take the tA,

declarer will collect four diamond tricks. By holding

off with the tA, you might prevent declarer from

using dummy's diamonds and restrict declarer to

two diamond tricks.

13 You duck the tQ and East plays the t6. Was

there another benefit for holding back the tA?

Answer: If declarer plays a third diamond,

partner will make a discard and that might help you

to decide what to do next.

14 South plays the t7-tA-t9-´2 from East? What

does the ´2 tell you?

Answer: Playing standard signals, highencourage,

low-discourage, the ´2 denies interest in

spades.

15 What do you do next?

Answer: Since you know South is very strong in

clubs and partner has denied interest in spades, the

only suit left is hearts.

16 Which heart do you play?

Answer: With a doubleton, it is normal to lead the

top card. There is no reason here to depart from

that and so you should switch to the ™A, followed

by the ™2.

Here is the complete deal:

Love All. Dealer East.

´ Q J 9

™ 6 5 4 3

t J 10 9 5 4

® 7

´ 6 5 ´ 8 7 4 3 2

™ A 2 ™ K Q 8 7

t A 3 2 t 8 6

® J 8 6 4 3 2 ® 10 7

´ A K 10

™ J 10 9

t K Q 7

® A K Q 9

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After you play ™A and the ™2, the defence takes

four heart tricks and the tA to beat 3NT. Notice

that if you continue clubs after taking the tA,

South will make eleven tricks. If you switch to a

spade after taking the tA, South will make ten

tricks.

If East-West are using different discarding

methods, East can still indicate a desire for hearts. If

you play high-hate, low-like, East would discard the

´8, no interest in spades. If you play suit-preference

discards, East would also throw the ´8: do not want

spades and do want the higher of the other two

suits. r

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