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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
™ 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:
® 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 email@example.com 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 . . .
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