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February 2016 English Bridge

With dummy on your right you are looking for the

weakest suit in sight (leading up to weakness) and a

heart switch looks best. Lead a high heart to deny an

honour in the suit, so your partner does not return

the suit - the ™8. Your partner wins the ™10 and

switches back to trumps. Declarer cannot get rid of

his two hearts and goes one off. Any other switch

allows declarer the chance to endplay West. When

West wins his first heart trick he will have to lead a

heart back or give a ruff and discard.

Answer 14B - ®2

Once again, with dummy on your right you are

looking for a weak suit and clubs is the right choice.

This time you lead a low club back - the ®2 - to

show your honour and this will encourage partner

to continue the suit. Your partner wins South's ten

with the jack and follows with the ®A hoping you

have the king and the defence take the first four

tricks. Clearly, any other switch allows declarer to

throw a club on his heart suit.

´ K Q 4 3

™ A 3 2

t 10 6 3

® Q 6 5

´ 8 5 2 ´ A

™ Q J 9 ™ 8 7 6 5

t A Q 8 t J 7 5 4

® 10 9 7 4 ® K 8 3 2

´ J 10 9 7 6

™ K 10 4

t K 9 2

® A J

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´ K Q 4 3

™ Q 10 3 2

t K 10

® 7 6 5

´ 8 5 2 ´ A

™ 9 4 ™ 8 7 6 5

t Q 9 8 6 2 t J 7 5 4

® A J 9 ® K 8 3 2

´ J 10 9 7 6

™ A K J

t A 3

® Q 10 4

N

W E

S

N

W E

S

Answer 14C - ™7

Going by the same rules, surely a diamond lead

looks right - dummy's worst suit?

Be wary of switching to a suit in which you hold

a high card immediately above the one in dummy:

®K over ®Q and tJ over t10. Your lead lends the

high card in dummy strength and will often give

declarer an extra chance.

Another important element of switching is that

the ace is unbeatable - this means when

contemplating dummy it can be useful to take the

aces away and see what is left. The hearts are weak

and therefore make a great switch. You are hoping

to lead through declarer's queen or jack to your

partner's strength. Once again you should switch to

a high heart just in case your partner needs to know

of your lack of strength in the suit.

Here your heart switch does no immediate good,

but it does no damage either. To engineer a perfect

endplay declarer needs four entries to dummy - one

to finesse in clubs, two more for a heart ruff and a

club ruff and finally a last entry to lead a diamond.

He falls an entry short and has to lose three

diamond tricks to go one off.

A club switch would have given declarer his extra

entry - he wins ®J cashes ®A and plays a trump,

ruffs a club, ™K, ™A and another ruff. Finally a

trump to dummy allows declarer to lead a diamond

to the nine - endplaying West. (It does East no good

to insert the jack).

A diamond switch has a simpler result because of

the power given to the ten. Declarer ducks the

diamond to West's queen, but can then finesse for

East's jack on the next round. If declarer has to

play diamonds himself, he has to use the nine to

force West's queen and then the second round

might go ten, jack, king, ace. Leaving West's eight to

win the third round of the suit! r

Winners receive a beautiful wooden

bridge table or £100 towards EBU

entry fees

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