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Watch partner’s

Heather’s Hints

small cards

carefully!

Heather Dhondy

hearts is played to your jack which holds

N/S Game. Dealer South. the trick, declarer following with the eight.

´ Q 10 6 4 3 How do you plan the defence? 5-3 remaining, and had a choice of the five

™ A7 This is the position we have reached: or three. (He wouldn’t want to lead the ten

t J643 for fear that you would not overtake). The

® Q8 five, therefore, becomes a suit preference

´ 2 ´ Q 10 6 4 signal for diamonds – the higher of the

N ™ QJ92 ™ — remaining suits. The conclusion you must

W E t 10 7 2 t J64 draw is that clubs is partner’s other suit, and

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® K7532 ® Q8 he has led a singleton diamond. Give your

´ 8 ´ — partner a diamond ruff to beat the contract.

™ K 10 3 N ™ 92 This was the full deal:

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PLAYING pairs you are defending 4´ as t Void S t 10 7

East, after South has opened 1´ and ® J 10 9 6 4 ® K7532

partner has made a Michaels cue-bid of ´ J975 ´ Q 10 6 4 3

2´, showing at least five cards in each of ™ — ™ A7

hearts and a minor. t KQ98 t J643

West leads the ace of diamonds, you ® A ® Q8

follow with the two, and declarer the five. ´ A8 ´ 2

Now the four of hearts from partner is ™ K 10 5 4 3 N ™ QJ92

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taken with the ace in dummy. Which card When partner underleads an honour to t A S t 10 7 2

do you play? your hand, he must be desperate to get you ® J 10 9 6 4 ® K7532

Follow with the queen, telling partner in for some reason. You have two clues here. ´ KJ975

that you also hold the jack – it is likely to Firstly, by looking at dummy and your own ™ 86

be the most useful message. Declarer plays hand, he can’t be wanting a club played t KQ985

the six. A trump from dummy to the king through declarer. Secondly, consider the ® A

is taken by partner’s ace, and the five of heart that partner played. He had the K-10-

GERARD FAULKNER SALVER 2009-2010 Heather’s Hints

THE final of the Seniors KO for the • Show partner your honour se-

Gerard Faulkner Salver was played on 3 quence. If dummy or partner is

June over forty-eight boards between about to hold the trick, and you are

the O’Donovan team (Peter Law, certain you can afford the card, play

Charles Chisnall, Patrick Collins, David the top of your honour sequence.

Kendrick, and John Short, in the photo

with TD Trevor King presenting the tro- • If partner underleads an honour to

your hand, it is probably because

phy) and Garthwaite (Roy Garthwaite,

Heather Hobson, Janet and Ted Latham). he/she is desperate to get you in for

O’Donovan won by 62 IMPs with Garth- a reason. Stop and think what that

Photo: EBU

waite conceding after forty boards. reason might be.

Denis O’Donovan, the original cap- • When partner plays a low card in a

tain, had tragically recently passed away situation where everything about

after a fatal heart attack but he had been a potent force in the team in the earlier the suit is known, it may well be a

rounds. Pat Collins, John Short and myself in particular will miss him as partner and suit-preference signal. Watch those

team-mate going back many years. (Peter Law) small cards carefully! r

www.ebu.co.uk August 2010 English Bridge 33

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