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Basic Cardplay by Paul Bowyer

Ducking (to Gain a Tempo)

MY LAST article looked at the relatively because this article is entitled ‘Ducking’ – take the queen of hearts at trick one with

simple idea of developing tricks in no- that’s why! However, without that heavy his king. If South wins with the ace of

trump contracts by ducking an early hint would you find the right play at the hearts (if he ducks, East plays a trump)

round of the suit. Can it be right to give up table? If not, ask yourself what you would and plays another heart back, East can

an early trick in a suit contract? After all, have done had you won the ace of hearts take the nine of hearts and switch to

shouldn’t we be looking to grab early at trick one. What would you have led at trumps. And no, I do not believe that this

tricks and draw trumps? trick two? sort of defence can readily be found at the

The answer to these two questions are Let’s see the full deal: table.

Yes and a firm No (and definitely in that

order). Remember the words of an HHHHH

eminent American author who claimed ´ 92

that drawing trumps at the earliest ™ 75 Here’s another example in similar vein.

opportunity was only right on about 40% t K 10 6 4 3 This time (for a change) I will give you the

of all hands played in a trump contract. ® A752 whole deal from the outset and also

That rather contradicts the firm advice ´ AQ3 ´ 84 include the bidding, thus neatly illumi-

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given by many a bridge teacher who try to ™ Q J 10 8 W E

™ K963 nating why this author is only employed

hammer it into beginners that they should t J9 S t Q852 to write articles on card-play . . .

draw trumps no matter what. ® J984 ® K Q 10

It’s time for a hand. True, it’s a modest ´ K J 10 7 6 5

part-score but it still has interest. South, in ™ A42 Deal 2

match-point pairs, is playing in 2´, West t A7 South plays in 3´. West leads the tQ.

leads the queen of hearts and East follows ® 63 ´ 10 9 6

with the six of hearts. ™ QJ3

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When the queen of hearts wins, what can ® Q J 10 7 4

Deal 1 West do at trick two? Nothing, poor thing. ´ AK8 ´ 52

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South plays in 2´. Declarer cannot be prevented from taking ™ 10 7 2 W E ™ 9654

West leads the ™Q. the next heart lead (as good as anything) t Q J 10 9 6 S t K85

´ 92 with the ace, ruffing a heart and then ® 83 ® A962

™ 75 playing on trumps. South has to lose two ´ QJ743

t K 10 6 4 3 trumps, a club and a heart but he will ™ AK8

® A752 emerge with nine tricks and (hopefully) a t A74

well above average match-point score. ® K5

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What would happen if South were to

S take the ace of hearts immediately? Well,

what does he do next? Play another heart? West North East South

´ K J 10 7 6 5 Now East wins and fires a trump back – 1´

™ A42 the defence can cash two trumps (denu- Pass 2´ Pass 3t

t A7 ding dummy) and cash another heart. Dble 3´ All Pass

® 63 Declarer will lose two trumps, two hearts

and a club. How can declarer make 3´? Well, it

To forestall letters to the already doesn’t take Holmes and Watson to

Now, it’s obvious to let the heart queen beleaguered Editor, I realise that East-West deduce what the answer must be – but you

hold the trick. Why is it obvious? Well, have misdefended. Yes, East could over- really have to see why. As you will have

guessed (sorry, deduced), South must

Congratulations to John Phalp who has just retired as Treasurer

duck the queen of diamonds at trick one

at Welwyn Garden City Bridge Club, after twenty-six years in the job. or suffer defeat. What do the defenders do

Is such long tenure a record? now? Play three rounds of trumps? Now

declarer simply sets up the clubs by

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