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COMPETITION

bare ace.

Love All. Dealer South. Refraining from cashing the king of

´ J2 clubs (which would let declarer home),

™ K72 West accurately switched to a trump.

t KJ532 Declarer beat East’s queen with the ace

® 10 5 2 and led a second diamond. East beat

´ A 10 ´ K9864 dummy’s jack with the ace and led the

N

™ 9543 W E ™ Q seven of clubs, West beating declarer’s

t 98 S t A 10 7 6 queen with the king and then leading the

® KJ984 ® 763 jack, declarer ruffing.

´ Q753 We have reached this five-card ending,

™ A J 10 8 6 with declarer needing the rest of the tricks:

t Q4

® AQ What do you mean, ‘Find a lead’?

´ — THE winner of our December competi-

™ K7 tion, with the caption above, is Don

West North East South t K53 Smedley of Aston-on-Trent, Derby, who

1™ ® — will receive an elegant bridge mug

Pass 2™ Pass Pass ´ — ´ 986 from our sponsors, Bridge and Golf

N Gifts Direct (see page 11). Other excel-

3® Pass Pass 3™ ™ 954 W E ™ —

All Pass t — S t 10 6 lent captions were: . . . and that is why

you must never tell your wife what she

® 84 ® —

should have led! (Tom Crawley, Cambs);

West would have been able to scramble ´ Q7

See, Fido – we should have drawn our

eight tricks in 3® (that’s only minus 100 ™ J 10 8 trumps! (Jill Entwistle); I played bridge all

even if you’re doubled), so South really t — the time when I was at university (Jane

had to bid on to 3™ to try to score his ® — Jones, Manchester); The Homeless Team

+140. It was a nip and tuck affair. said I had to be vulnerable before they

West kicked off with the nine of can help (Dave Robinson, Yorks); If only

diamonds – the ace of spades would be far Declarer can get tantalisingly close but I hadn’t called my wife out of that

double! (Frank Tomlin, Essex); Now, an

too active (and would enable declarer to cannot quite do it. Best is to lead the

ace counts as 4 points, a king as 3 . . .

make nine tricks) – as would a club from queen of spades, but West ruffs low.

(John Shaw, Notts); and OK, so I ruff,

the king around to declarer’s ace-queen. Dummy overruffs with the seven and a what next? (Richard Perryman, Essex).

The nine of diamonds ran to South’s diamond is ruffed with the ten. The seven The cartoon for our new competition

queen (East correctly ducking – play his of spades is now ruffed with the king, but is below. Please send your bridgy

ace on nothing and again there would be West holds nine-small of trumps over captions (multiple entries accepted) to

no way for the defence to win the requisite declarer’s jack-eight and must score a the Editor, English Bridge, 23 Erleigh

five tricks). further trick. Road, Reading RG1 5LR or by e-mail to

At trick two declarer led a spade (best), Down one and an 80% board. All those elena@ebu.co.uk not later than 20th

February 2012. Don’t forget to include

the trick going ´3, ´10, ´J, ´K. East quiet good boards will more than com-

your full postal address!

switched to the six of clubs (the seven – pensate for the odd minus 500 or minus

then low – might be taken as top of a 800 when North holds the equivalent of:

doubleton). Knowing the king was offside, ´ 8 5 2 ™ J 6 2 t 7 6 ® A Q 10 6 5

declarer rose with the ace and led a second and stands on his chair and doubles 3® in

(low) spade, West winning with his now a voice of thunder. r

Congratulations . . .

. . . to Andrew Robson upon his award of

an OBE for services to Bridge and Charity

in The Queen’s New Year Honours list. Sponsored by Bridge

& Golf Gifts Direct

6 English Bridge February 2013 www.ebu.co.uk

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