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February 2016 English Bridge
South takes the diamond lead on table and advances
the ´Q, taken by the ace. Taking diamond ruffs
would not help the defence, so they play three
rounds of hearts, forcing declarer to ruff and
reducing his trumps. Correctly, South cashes the ´K
and then…? Playing another trump would net nine
tricks on a 3-3 break, seven on a 4-2 break.
Here, if South leads another spade East would
seize the chance to draw trumps and cash two heart
winners. The correct way to deal with the hand is
simply to ignore the outstanding trumps and to
play off diamond winners, forcing out the master
trumps that way. Sure, if trumps had been 3-3 then
declarer would lose two trump tricks instead of just
one, but he would still make the contract.
Declarer's eight tricks come from four spades
(in a curious fashion), just three diamonds (two
of them get trumped) and a club. It is easier to
see that the losers are confined to three spades and
two hearts. r