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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

diamonds.

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

tricks.

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

shortages lie?

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.

´ 5

™ 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

N E

Sleuth's answers to page 44

by Ron Klinger

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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.

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