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Heather’s Hints by Heather Dhondy

Stop and Think at Trick One

three-card support for partner’s suit to an West puts up a high honour on the first

E/W Game. Dealer South. honour and a doubleton outside I prefer round, you should still run the jack from

´ J72 to raise partner to 2´. South is strong dummy next.

™ K743 enough to jump straight to game, and 4´ The intra-finesse represents the best

t Q874 becomes the final contract. odds, so you should prepare for that by

® J6 West leads the eight of clubs. How do winning the first club in hand. Now, when

you plan the play, as South? you need to lead from the dummy on the

N

W E

You will need to bring the trump suit in second round of trumps, you can cross to

S for one loser, as you are missing two aces. the jack of clubs. Once trumps are safely

The odds are stacked against you, but drawn, you can establish your heart tricks

´ A9863 what are the possibilities? by driving out the ace.

™ QJ2 If either defender has ´K-Q doubleton This was the full deal:

t K and you play ace and another, you will be

® AKQ7 lucky, but are there any other chances for

you? ´ J72

If West has the singleton ten of spades ™ K743

West North East South you can make the contract by leading low t Q874

1´ towards the dummy. This also works if ® J6

Pass 2´ Pass 4´ West holds ´10-x, when you can lead low ´ 10 5 ´ KQ4

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All Pass to the seven and, on the next round, lead ™ 10 6 W E

™ A985

the jack from dummy, pinning the t A 10 6 5 2 S t J93

PLAYING TEAMS, what should North doubleton ten. This is known as an ‘intra- ® 9853 ® 10 4 2

respond to South’s 1´ opening? finesse’. This line also works whenever ´ A9863

One option is to respond 1NT but with West holds ´K-10 or ´Q-10 doubleton. If ™ QJ2

t K

® AKQ7

12 – 14 August 2013

Really Easy Heather’s Hints

Summer Congress • When your partner opens one of a

major, you can support with three

cards if you hold a ruffing value

Hilton Metropole Hotel, Kings Road, Brighton, BN1 2FU (singleton or doubleton) outside.

Entry fee: £41 full congress per person. • If you have a choice of where to

Participants (students and novices) will be win trick one, always consider the

expected to play Standard English Acol. later play and where you need your

Sessions of between 12 and 15 boards will be entries to be. On this hand you

played, all with commentated hands. If you needed to be in hand at trick two,

would like to stay one more day, you can join in and later you needed an entry to

with the Next Step group on Thursday for an dummy. If you had not stopped to

extra £10. think at trick one, you would

naturally have won the first trick in

Entries / Enquiries: the short hand (dummy) to avoid

Peter ( 01296 317203 blocking the suit, and now it is too

late to make your contract. r

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