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West North East South

1NT

Pass 2® Pass 2t

Pass 3NT All Pass

What if West has found an inspired passive club

lead from a holding like ®8-6-5 with the clubs

distributed like this?

If you make the reflex play of dummy's ®10 East

will cover with the ®Q. Presumably you will take

this with the ®A and take the diamond finesse. If it

loses East switches to a spade to West's ´A and West

reverts to clubs (the ®8) you are powerless to avoid

losing three club tricks, the ´A and the tK.

The correct play is to start low from dummy and

win with the ®A. A losing diamond finesse, spade to

West's ´A and another club cannot harm you. You

have a second club stopper by rising with the ®10 at

this point.

West North East South

Pass 1™ Pass 1NT

Pass 2NT All Pass

On the final hand above, West leads the ´4

against 2NT. If the club finesse loses you can afford

to lose four spade tricks but not five. The danger is

that West has the ®K and six spades. Surely if West

had the ®K and six spades including the ´K-Q he

would have overcalled 1® with 1´, so assume East

has one of the spade honours. Suppose the spades

are distributed like this.

If you play low from dummy on the opening lead

East wins the ´K and returns the ´8, setting up

West's spades. You must rise with the ´A, blocking

the suit. East can unblock the ´K, but it's no help,

because if the club finesse fails West will win. East

can't lead a spade through your remaining ´J-6. r

Game All. Dealer South

´ Q J

™ A K J 2

t A 10 6

® J 10 3 2

´ K 7 5

™ Q 4 3

t Q J 9 8 7

® A 4

N

S

N/S Game. Dealer South

´ A 9

™ J 8 5 4

t A 8 6

® 10 9 6 2

´ J 6 5

™ A 9 7

t K 7

® A Q J 4 3

N

S

® J 10 3 2

® 8 6 5 ® K Q 9 7

® A 4

´ A 9

´ Q 10 7 4 3 2 ´ K 8

´ J 6 5

WELL DONE HABERDASHERS (FOR THE SEVENTH TIME!)

Over 100 junior players took part in the Young Bridge Challenge in Loughborough in early March,

organised by English Bridge Education and Development. Haberdashers' Aske School, from north

London, won the Schools Cup, for the seventh consecutive year. The team of Jonathan Clark, Dylan

Dissanayake, Jack Ronayne, Kripa Panchagnula beat a team from Westminster School (Liam Sanderson,

Theo Gillis, Luke Dunne, Isaac Channon) by 9 IMPs in the final.

A minibridge event was won by Kazas Li and Jeffrey Chin from Loughborough Grammar School. r

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