This time West leads the ´4 against your 3NT.
West North East South
Pass 3NT All Pass
You must drive out the tA in order to make nine
tricks. The only danger to your contract is to lose
four spade tricks and the tA so you must plan your
play on the assumption that spades break 5-2. West
would surely have led the ´K if he held the ´K-Q-J,
so you can assume that East has a doubleton spade
honour, maybe ´Q-x.
Suppose you play low from dummy. East wins the
´Q and returns his last spade. If West now regains
the lead with the tA he will cash three more spade
tricks to defeat you.
If you correctly rise with dummy's ´A at trick one
the defenders are powerless. If East plays low the
spades are blocked. If East tries to jettison his ´Q
you have a second spade stopper by force.
Turning to our next hand, West leads the ®6
against your no trump game. Can you ensure your
contract? If the diamond finesse loses you still have
nine tricks. Can you see any danger?
26 English Bridge April 2016 www.ebu.co.uk
SO FAR in my series on suit combinations I have
looked at suits from the perspective of needing to
make a set number of tricks. In this, my last article
on suit combinations, I look at situations where
you are not concerned with how many tricks you
can make, but the need to ensure that your
opponents do not make sufficient tricks to
endanger your contract.
In the first deal West leads the ´7 against 3NT.
West North East South
1´ Pass Pass 1NT
Pass 2NT Pass 3NT
You are only missing 14 points. If West was
balanced he would have opened 1NT, so he has five
spades. You can guarantee a spade stopper by
playing low from dummy but that won't be good
enough without a diamond trick. You need two
spade stoppers and you have a chance if West has
led from a holding like ´A-K-8-7-5 and the tA-K.
Rise with dummy's ´J. Then attack diamonds. If
West continues spades the ´Q will be your ninth
trick. Otherwise you will have time to set up a
diamond trick. If West had started by leading the
´A and ´K you would have had no chance.
Game All. Dealer West
´ J 2
™ A Q 10
t 9 4 3 2
® K Q 10 2
´ Q 6 4 3
™ K J 4
t Q J 10
® A J 4
Sabotaging opponents' suitAndrew Kambites
Love All. Dealer South
´ A 9
™ A K 3
t Q J 8 6 4
® J 10 5
´ 10 8 6 2
™ 9 5 2
t K 10 9
® A K Q