50 English Bridge April 2016 www.ebu.co.uk
1. What holding in spades do West and South have
(there may be alternatives)?
West cannot have a strong hand so must have at
least five or six spades. South's no trump bid implies
plenty of spade guards. The lead suggests the 10-9
plus just one honour above. It cannot have been
Q-10-9, or A-Q-10-9 as declarer has shown the
queen. The 10 denies the jack, so West has either
A-10-9 or K-10-9 at the top. West must have either
A-10-9-x-x-(x) or K-10-9-x-x-(x), leaving South
with K-Q-J-(x) or A-Q-J-(x).
2. What is the maximum number of hearts that
South holds, and the minimum partner has?
South is likely to have at least two hearts, but
could not have four or he would have ventured
hearts after partner's double. This leaves West with
the remaining two or three.
3. What is the likely point range of West's and
South's hands? Who holds what?
North's second double promises extra values - at
least 16 points, so South must have around 9 points
to go 3NT. So, the missing 22 points must be
divided 12(W)-10(S) or 13(W)-9(S). West has
shown either the A or K of spades, the K of hearts so
his remaining points can only be the A-K or A-Q of
diamonds. South must therefore hold the K or Q of
4. N-S have four tricks so far. How many more
tricks do they have off the top?
Declarer can take two more club tricks and two
more heart tricks, and possibly the ´A, making nine
5. If East now leads a diamond, how many
diamond tricks could E-W take? Would it set up a
trick for declarer?
E-W can only take two diamond tricks before
setting up a trick for declarer.
6. Would you expect West to have a distributional
hand - at least two doubletons? Where would any
West looks likely to have a distributional hand as
he has just 12 or 13 points. With a clearly lousy five
card spade suit he might have opened 1NT. So he is
either 5-4-2-2 or 6-3-2-2. Either way, he is too
distributional to open 1NT. If West has a five-card
spade suit he has another doubleton, and another
four card suit. If West had four hearts declarer
would have only one and a five-card diamond suit.
Would he still have bid no trumps? It is more likely
that West has a doubleton heart. If West has six
spades and a known doubleton club, the remaining
cards are likely to be 3-2. If they were 4-1, the four
must be diamonds as West has two honours in the
suit. But again a singleton heart would give declarer
N/S Game. Dealer West.
™ A Q J 3
t J 7 4
® A K J 6 3
´ 6 4 2
™ 9 8 7 6
t 10 9 5
® Q 10 8
Sleuth's answers to page 44
by Ron Klinger
Who, what, where, why?
Who, what, where, why?
ASSUME standard Acol bidding, playing a weak no
trump:West North East South
1´ Dble 2´! Pass
Pass Dble Pass 3NT
All Pass YOU ARE SITTING EAST
The ´10 lead was won by South with the queen.
Declarer played the ™10, covered by the king and the
ace. Then came ®A, ®K and a third club, won by
East, with West discarding a spade.