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PLAYING pairs, you open 2NT as South and

partner responds 3®, Stayman. East enters the

auction with 3´. What call do you make?

This isn't the ideal vulnerability to be seeking a

penalty, and your spade holding is weak. It would be

normal to pass if you can't double, but here you

have an opportunity to show partner your fifth

heart. Bid 4™. Over this partner jumps to 6NT and

everyone passes.

West North East South

2NT

Pass 3® 3´ 4™

Pass 6NT All Pass

The lead is the ´8 which you win in hand with the

queen. How do you plan the play?

You have eleven tricks, and can make a twelfth

from either a diamond finesse or by endplaying

East. In either event, you should begin by cashing

your side suits. Unblock the clubs from hand, and

cross to the king of hearts to cash the fourth club

discarding a diamond from hand.

When you cross back to the hearts, you will

discover that East began with singletons in clubs

and hearts. You know that he began with just six

spades since his partner had one to lead, therefore

he was 6-1-5-1 and the odds favour him to have the

king of diamonds.

This is where you have got to before cashing your

final heart:

You need to have been counting East's discards

carefully so that you know what he has remaining in

his hand. At this point he has two spades and two

diamonds left. When you cash the final heart, you

must discard a spade from dummy. If East bares his

ace of spades, it's easy enough to play a spade to his

ace and he will be end-played.

A trickier defence would be for East to discard a

diamond. He will need his partner to have kept both

his original diamonds and then you will have to

guess whether to drop East's king offside or take the

finesse. You may take a view depending on East's

manner, or what you know of him as a player!

However the odds heavily favour him to hold the

king since he began with five, and West just two.

Also his overcall suggests he may have more than

just the five points in spades.

Discovery plays by Heather Dhondy

Heather's Hints

Heather's Hints

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N/S Game. Dealer South

´ K 9 6 2

™ K 2

t A J 9

® J 9 5 4

´ Q 4

™ A Q J 10 7

t Q 5 4

® A K Q

N

S

N/S Game. Dealer South

´ K 9

™ -

t A J

® -

´ 4

™ 10

t Q 5

® -

N

S

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