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are bound to fail
This is the position we have reached:
E/W Game. Dealer West.
™ A Q 10 9 ´ Q a point range for their Weak Twos, just to
t A5 ™ A Q 10 9 make sure, since this will affect your line
® 8742 t — of play.
® 874 Let’s suppose you get the answer 6-10.
N Now you know that the heart finesse will
W E N
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fail and if you take the finesse, there is a
S small chance that you will suffer a ruff.
´ A7652 Therefore you do better to draw the last
™ J84 ´ 765 trump and lead a heart away from the ace
t 87 ™ J84 in dummy. If East ducks, then you should
® AK5 t — continue with another heart away from
® A5 the ace. East will have to win this one if he
wants to take a heart trick at all, and in this
PLAYING pairs, you are the declarer in 4´ way you can retain an entry to dummy in
as South after West has opened a weak 2t. Let’s work out what we know about the hearts to cash the long heart, and discard
West leads the king of diamonds which opponents’ hands. West has opened a your club loser.
you win in dummy with the ace, East weak two in diamonds and has turned up This was the full deal:
following with the two. You play a trump to with the king and queen of diamonds, and
the ace and a low one towards dummy, the king of spades. This means that he
which is taken by West with the king. West almost certainly does not hold the king of ´ Q83
cashes the queen of diamonds and switches hearts, since this would make his hand too ™ A Q 10 9
to the six of clubs, East plays the nine and strong for a Weak Two. You might consider t A5
you win the king. What is your plan? checking with your opponents if they have ® 8742
´ KJ4 ´ 10 9
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t K Q 10 6 4 3 S t J92
JOHN CARTER 1942 – 2010 ® 63 ® Q J 10 9
Dr John Mervyn Carter, who died on 8 March aged 67,
was a Development Manager in many of IBM’s major software
products, and later an administrator and Board member for the t 87
english Bridge Union. ® AK5
John Carter was born on 6 December 1942 in Staines,
Middlesex. he gained a BSc in Physics and Mathematics from
University College of north Wales in 1964, and then a PhD in
theoretical Physics in 1967. In his working life, John had over fif- Heather’s Hints
teen years of management experience at IBM, including working as
Customer advocate for one of IBM’s largest clients, Wal*Mart.
John took a great interest in duplicate bridge, and from 1985 until • When the defenders have opened
recently he was the hampshire and Isle of Wight delegate to the eBU council. he was also
the bidding, they have revealed
chairman of the local county bridge association twice from 1987 – 1992 and from 2005 until useful information about their
this year. at the eBU he was a Board member from 1992 – 2000, 2001 – 2002, and 2004 until hands that you can use when plan-
his death. he was a key supporter of universal membership and the modernisation of the eBU, ning the play.
and initiated the ground-breaking national Grading Scheme Project. • If a finesse is bound to fail, it’s
his skills and insight will be sorely missed. our thoughts are with his wife and family. often right not to take it. r
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