were, however, an essential part of ruffing HHHHHH
out dummy’s side-suit. If you understand
that one, try this one.
HHHHHH South plays in 4™.
West leads the ´10
´ J6 ON each of the following problems,
Deal 3 ™ 10 7 2 you are West. What should you bid
South plays in 4´. t A97543
with each hand on the given auction?
West leads the tK. ® 83
Julian Pottage gives his answers on
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™ KQ874 W E
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´ K52 Hand 1 W N E S
N ™ AKQJ5 ´6 Pass Pass
S t 82 ™ K83 1t Pass 1´ Pass
® A94 tKQ965 2® Pass 3® Pass
´ AKQJ5 ® A 10 7 6 ?
t 763 Four Hearts, eh? How did you reach such
® J97 a contract? I know: your partner bid like a
lunatic; I’ve heard it all before. Here West Hand 2 W N E S
kicks off with the ten of spades, East win- ´865 1® Dble Pass
Count – plan – execute (this formula ning with the ace of spades and meanly ™Q543 ?
never varies). Let’s start by counting returning a trump. Where are your ten tA975
winners and losers. Firstly winners: five tricks coming from? Count – plan – ®K8
spades, three hearts, one diamond and no execute. You have the king of spades, five
clubs. That makes nine winners. Now hearts, the ace of diamonds and the ace of
losers: no spades, no hearts, two diamonds clubs as top tricks. You might get a spade
and two clubs. That makes four losers. ruff on the table for a ninth but you can’t Hand 3 W N E S
Any attempt to ruff a club on the table is expect to get too far by ruffing things in ´ J72 1NT Pass
doomed to defeat – declarer will suffer the dummy – when you lose the lead you can ™AK2 ?
loss of two clubs and two diamonds before expect another trump to come whistling t A Q 10 2
he gets going. How about playing for a 3-3 back at you at just under the speed of ®AK6
heart break, then? Cash three hearts, light. So, eight winners. Losers? A spade,
throwing a diamond and then give up two no hearts, a diamond and a club. Odd –
clubs and ruff a club in the dummy? No, eight tricks, only three losers. That doesn’t
that’s a really bad idea and sloppy thinking. add up. (Actually, you have two club losers Hand 4 W N E S
If hearts are 3-3, then declarer may as well – and an extra spade loser – if you were to ´953 1NT Pass
draw trumps and run five heart tricks, draw trumps). ™AQ8 ?
actually making an overtrick. Best play is to Anyway – let’s make 4™, by playing for t K Q 10 7 6 5
assume that spades are 3-2 and hearts 4-2 trumps and diamonds both to break 3-2. ®8
(at least that fits in with the odds – these are If they do, we cannot be defeated. Can you
the most likely breaks). see the winning line? If not, then stop and
The most accurate line of play is as work it out. W N E S
follows: win with the ace of diamonds, Did you get it? The answer is that you Hand 5 1® Pass 1´ Pass
cash two top trumps in hand (if spades are need to ruff out the diamonds and to ´Q ?
4-1 declarer needs a 3-3 heart break). reach them with the ten of hearts. To get ™AJ8
Assuming East-West both follow to two the timing right, you must duck a round t 10 8 5 3
trumps, you can now ruff out the hearts: of diamonds. So . . . win the trump ®AK863
ace of hearts, king of hearts, ruff a heart return in hand and duck a diamond. Win
with a high trump. Cross to the ten of the return (a trump?), cash the ace of
spades (which has the double effect of diamonds, ruff a diamond high in hand
drawing the last trump and gaining an – setting up the diamonds – and then Hand 6 W N E S
entry to dummy) and cash the last two cross to the ten of hearts. By now the ´ Q 10 8 3 1t
hearts. Declarer now has five trump tricks, trumps will have been drawn and all the ™ K 10 7 ?
four heart tricks and the ace of diamonds. diamonds will be good. You will make tKQ74
Finally, a deal to show that if you bid the one spade, five hearts, four diamonds ®K7
spots off the cards you have to be able to and a club. That’s eleven tricks. Maybe
play them with care, attention and you won’t need to criticise your partner’s
elegance . . . bidding after all . . . r
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