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ALL ABOUT TRUMPS

Trump Reduction

and Endplay

the heart lead and plays a top trump, ready

♠ K42 to claim his contract if both defenders

♥ A6 follow suit. When East shows out, declarer

♦ K9632 will curse his luck as West turns out to have

♣ 753 all four missing trumps. All is not yet lost,

Brian Senior ♠ Q 10 9 7 3 ♠ 865 however, though some good fortune will be

♥ 5

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♥ J872 required.

♦ Q7 S ♦ J84 Declarer continues by playing ace, king

MY last two articles have featured ♣ A K Q 10 2 ♣ 984 and a third diamond, ruffing low. Three

Trump Reduction Plays and Endplays. ♠ AJ rounds of clubs and the king of hearts are

Sometimes, the two techniques have to be ♥ K Q 10 9 4 3 cashed and now declarer must judge

combined as otherwise a defender’s trump ♦ A 10 5 whether to ruff the last diamond or heart in

holding cannot be picked up. ♣ J6 hand. The heart is the normal choice and

if everything has passed off peacefully

declarer’s last three cards are the king, ten

♠ K J 10 6 3 West bids both black suits but South and nine of spades. Exiting with the ten

♥ 10 3 eventually plays in 4♥, against which West or nine endplays West, who comes to

♦ K52 leads out the top three clubs. Declarer only one of his two ‘certain’ trump

♣ 972 ruffs and, when West shows out on the winners.

♠ Q972 ♠ 85 second heart, pauses to take stock. He

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♥ AKQ W E

♥ 98542 appears to have a diamond loser, so must

♦ 10 6 4 S ♦ QJ7 find an endplay to avoid losing a heart ♠ A43

♣ J53 ♣ KQ8 trick. The solution is to continue with ♥ J 10 7 4

♠ A4 three rounds of spades, ruffing the third ♦ AQ4

♥ J76 one, then play ace, king and a third ♣ A86

♦ A983 diamond. When East wins the third ♠ QJ85 — ♠

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♣ A 10 6 4 diamond, he is endplayed to lead into the ♥ 9862 W E

53♥

heart tenace at trick twelve. ♦ 95 S ♦

10 8 7 6 3

♣ Q J 10 ♣

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South plays in 2♠ after opening 1NT and Bringing off the impossible ♠ K 10 9 7 6 2

completing North’s 2♥ transfer bid. West ♥AKQ

starts by leading out the three top heart Sometimes, a trump reduction and end- ♦KJ2

honours. play may allow what appears to be an ♣7

impossible contract to succeed.

How should declarer continue?

This 6 ♠ is similar to the previous

The third heart is ruffed in dummy and ♠ 764 example, but there is a little more to it.

declarer plays a spade to the ace and a ♥ KJ3 We have seen the basic technique

second spade, finessing the jack. It would ♦ AK62 before. Declarer wins the club lead in

be a mistake to cash the king of spades ♣ AQ5 dummy and, when East shows out on the

now, relying on an even break in the suit. ♠ QJ83 ♠ — ace of spades at trick two, looks for an

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Instead, simply cash the ace and king of ♥ 10 9 8 W E

♥ Q7642 endplay against West. To achieve this he

diamonds, and the ace of clubs, then exit ♦ Q 10 7 S ♦ J853 needs to ruff twice in hand to come down

with any minor-suit card. Eventually, the ♣ 864 ♣ 10 9 7 2 to the same trump length as West. At

defence will have to lead a spade into the ♠ A K 10 9 5 2 trick eleven, the ten of spades from hand

king-ten tenace, or give dummy an ♥ A5 will endplay West and hold him to just

opportunity to ruff with the ten of ♦ 94 one trump trick. Declarer must ruff two

spades. ♣ KJ3 clubs in hand and cash six red tricks

Either way, the marked spade position along the way. The key to the hand is to

ensures that declarer will make eight tricks appreciate that, while West must be fol-

and his contract. 6♠ is an excellent contract. Declarer wins lowing to three rounds of hearts, it

38 English Bridge August 2007 www.ebu.co.uk

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