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the king of diamonds and then ducking a

diamond.

Note that it is fatal to cash the ace of

diamonds first before ducking a diamond.

THE EBU & BRIDGE

If you can’t see why, play the hand

through. You must keep the ace of dia-

OVERSEAS

monds back as an entry to be able to cash

the long suit.

HHHHHH

LAKE GARDA

Try the next deal, also played in the

inevitable 3NT.

CONGRESS

This is a deal where you have to duck

twice in the same suit to make your con-

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tract. This can be illustrated by showing Grand Hotel Gardone, Lake Garda, Italy

the full layout at the outset:

Deal 3

South plays in 3NT.

West leads the ´J.

´ AQ42

™ AK7

t A 10 9

® 963

´ J 10 9 86 ´ 753

™ Q92 N ™ J 10 6 3

W E

t J64 S t KQ5

® Q 10 ® KJ4

´ K Blue-

™ 854 pointed

t Autumn Sim Pairs NEW

t 8732 events

® A8752 t Open Pairs

t Pivot Teams

Green-

t Men’s, Ladies’ and

The opening spade lead removes South’s pointed

entry to his hand. How annoying . . . Mixed Pairs Swiss

Anyway, let’s count the top tricks. There t Swiss Pairs and Swiss Teams events

are three spade tricks, two hearts, a

diamond and a club. That makes seven on

top, so where might the other two tricks

come from? What is declarer’s plan?

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answer is that South has to develop his

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long suit and establish two little clubs. To

do this, South must lead a low club from Attendance at the congress is exclusive

his hand at trick two. The opponents will to delegates booking their accommodation

win and lead something (another spade, with Bridge Overseas

probably) but declarer can win that and

immediately lead and duck another club.

Now South is in a position to cash the

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remainder of his top tricks, cross to his

hand with the ace of clubs (which drops

the opponents’ last club) and cash the two BRIDGE OVERSEAS

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many players, especially early on while

learning the game, simply lead out high A range of optional excursions will be available to book

cards in the vague hope that extra tricks at the venue to complement the bridge programme

will materialise from somewhere. r

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