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PRIZE DEFENCE ANSWERS

2. Your partner, West, leads the ♦3. With a combined total of at least 29 points

How do you defend? declarer surely has enough tricks for his

Prizes kindly donated by PIATNIK, contract, unless you can gather five tricks

makers of playing cards since 1824 first. Partner has at most 2 points, so you

♠ KQJ have little chance of finding an entry to his

QUIZ Master Andrew Kambites gives his ♥ J 10 9 hand to enable him to switch back to a

view of the best line of defence in our ♦ K diamond through declarer’s ♦K. Hence,

June competition and awards prizes in ♣ A K Q 10 6 4 your only chance is to hope that declarer

three categories. ♠ 97 ♠865 started with just doubleton ♦K-Q. Rise

♥ Q875 W

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♥6 with your ♣A and lay down the ♦A. If you

1. What would you lead as West after ♦ Q6432 S ♦ A 10 8 7 5 play low on the club declarer will gratefully

the auction shown? ♣ 53 ♣ J987 scoop in his ninth trick with dummy’s ♣K.

♠ A 10 4 3 2

♥ AK432 4. Your ♦Q lead is covered by dummy’s

♠ AQ3 ♦ J9 ♦K and East’s ♦A. Declarer ruffs and

♥ Q6 ♣ 2 leads a trump. Can you defeat 4♠?

♦ Q J 10

♣ Q9762

♠ K7 ♠ 86542 West North East South ♠ K

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♥ A32 W E

♥ 9874 1♠ ♥ K54

♦ A9842 S ♦ 653 Pass 3♣ Pass 3♥ ♦ K432

♣ A54 ♣ 8 Pass 3♠ Pass 4♥ ♣ A Q J 10 7

♠ J 10 9 Pass 4NT Pass 5♥ ♠ A43 ♠

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♥ K J 10 5 Pass 6♠ All Pass ♥ A Q 10 W E

9876

♦ K7 ♦ Q J 10 7 S ♦

A9865

♣ K J 10 3 You must hope that declarer has a heart ♣ 842 ♣

K5

loser. All you can do is to try to ensure that ♠ Q J 10 9 8 7 5

declarer cannot set up and use dummy’s ♥ J32

West North East South club suit. You should win the ♦A and play ♦ —

1NT back a second diamond, forcing dummy ♣ 963

Pass 3NT All Pass to ruff. Declarer now cannot avoid taking

the heart finesse.

One of the cardinal principles of bridge is West North East South

that you should not mislead partner in 3. You lead the ♦4 to your partner’s 3♠

defence. However, here it is unlikely to ♦10 and declarer wins with the ♦Q. Pass 4♠ All Pass

matter since he is marked as having too few At trick two, declarer leads the ♣6

high cards to influence the play. In that case, from hand. Plan the defence. Win the ♠A and try to work out where

might you profitably mislead declarer? three more tricks might come from. You

If you lead the standard ♦4 and then will need partner to have the ♣K and

show the ♦2, you make it obvious that ♠ K73 must certainly try to establish heart tricks

diamonds are 5-3. Declarer will drive out ♥ J43 before dummy’s clubs can be used for

the ♣A and then might decide to take the ♦ 987 heart discards. The only switch that works

successful spade finesse for his contract. ♣ KQ54 with the above layout is the ♥Q. Declarer

Suppose instead that you lead the ♦2. ♠ 986 ♠ 10 5 42 takes dummy’s ♥K but East later gains the

Declarer will believe that diamonds are 4-4, ♥ 765 W

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♥ 10 9 2 lead with the ♣K and leads back a heart.

so it will seem safe to drive out the ♣A and ♦ AJ543 S ♦ 10 6 2

♥A rather than rely on the spade finesse. ♣ A3 ♣ J 10 2

That allows you to take five tricks. ♠ AQJ

Congratulations to the winners:

♥ AKQ8

♦ KQ

Open: Don Smedley, Aston on Trent

This is the last set of answers to ♣ 9876

Prize Defence Problems conducted

Regional: Roy Edmunds, Ipswich

by Andrew Kambites. A new

Prize Play Quiz, also sponsored by West North East South County: Geoff Lacey, Harpenden

PIATNIK, starts on page 23. 2NT

Pass 3NT All Pass

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