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When West now follows low, there is a tricky

decision as to whether to play the jack or the nine.

It all depends on whether West's queen on the first

round was a routine split from K-Q or a super

advanced second plays high from Q-10-x. You have

given declarer a real problem which they would not

otherwise have faced!

If instead you woodenly play low on the first

round, South will never encounter the problem -

but I am sure most Souths would now play the Jack

- expecting West to have 'split' from the K-Q and

then lose an extra trick.

ONE FINAL COMBINATION

This works just as well with West holding Q-x-x

and East holding K-10. The principle is the same!

If declarer plays low from dummy and you play a

boring second plays low declarer can play the jack

and drop your queen on the next round, restricting

losers in the suit to just one.

If, however, you play second plays high and jump

in with your doubleton queen, declarer will win

with the aceā€¦ then what?

There is now only a 50:50 chance of keeping the

losers in the suit to just one.

If they play the jack it will pin the 10, restricting

their losers to just one, but, if instead they play low

hoping to drop the king, they will lose to both the

10 and the king.

So, once again, flouting the second hand plays low

principle can provide handsome rewards for the

defenders and without any real chance of blowing

tricks in the process. The ability to play the correct

cards will pose problems for the declarers you face

and you will become a formidable defender! r

® J 9 x

® 10 x ® K x

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® K x x ® Q 10

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