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his article is all about how to avoid

damaging over-ruffs when you are declaring

a trump contract. Imagine, for example, that

you were playing in 4´ on the following hand. How

might you play it?

By now, of course, dear reader, you have seen the

solution. If ruffing at trick three is the wrong play

what about discarding? Yes, of course - let's try that!

On the third heart you must discard a diamond

from the table, allowing the ™J to hold the trick.

West can lead anything he likes at trick four but you

can easily 'draw trumps and claim'. Easy game

bridge . . . Note that you could now score a trick

with a diamond ruff in dummy.

Now that you have seen the theme you won't go

astray on hands like the next one. You are at the

wheel in 4™ after West has overcalled in spades.

West cashes the ´A and ´K (on which East plays the

seven and then the queen) and continues with the

ten. Your move.

Hand 1.

South plays 4´

West leads ™A

Loser-on-Loser

by Paul Bowyer

Basic Cardplay

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´ Q 10 8 4 2

™ Q 2

t 10 8 5

® A 7 5

´ A K 6 5 3

™ 7 6 4

t A K 6

® K 9

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At first glance the hand is a trivial affair - are not

ten tricks as easy as they come? The exasperated

reader may well enumerate them as follows - five

spades, two diamonds, two clubs and a club ruff in

hand. That's ten winners. Alternatively, there are

only three conceivable losers - two hearts and a

diamond. So what's the problem?

Well, I neglected to give you the early bidding, or

the early play. You opened 1´ as South and West

overcalled 2™ before the auction reached 4´. On the

™A and ™K at tricks one and two, East plays highlow

(the ten and the three). West, duly encouraged,

continues with a third heart. Now what?

The question you may be asking yourself is

whether you should ruff the third heart with the

queen or with the ten. Neither of these plays would

suffice on the full deal shown though (see top of next

column).

Whatever spade you choose to play from dummy

at trick three leads to defeat - East either over-ruffs

or his ´J is promoted as a trick in due course. There

is a sure diamond loser and 4´ expires through

natural causes.

Hand 1 - full deal

´ Q 10 8 4 2

™ Q 2

t 10 8 5

® A 7 5

´ - ´ J 9 7

™ A K J 9 8 5 ™ 10 3

t Q 9 4 2 t J 7 3

® Q 10 3 ® J 8 6 4 2

´ A K 6 5 3

™ 7 6 4

t A K 6

® K 9

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Hand 2.

South plays 4™

West leads ´A

´ 6 2

™ 10 6 5 3

t K 9 7 2

® A J 5

´ 9 8 4

™ A K Q 8 2

t A 10

® K 8 3

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