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Heather’s Hints by Heather Dhondy

Avoidance Pays

have to abandon a natural 2NT, and use intending to play the king unless West

E/W Game. Dealer East. it instead as a means to bail out with a plays the queen. If West plays the queen to

´ 10 3 bad hand. Partner is expected to bid either trick, you should duck, thereby

™ 973 three clubs, which is passed or converted establishing the suit without conceding

t K8 to your own suit and is to play. Here, the lead to East.

® A K 10 8 4 3 partner’s direct 3® is a constructive bid, This was the full deal:

over which you have sufficient extra



values to have a go at 3NT.

S West leads the five of hearts to the three ´ 10 3

and ten, and you duck. You win the heart ™ 973

´ AKJ5 continuation, West following with the t K8

™ A8 two. What is your plan? ® A K 10 8 4 3

t A7532 You can assume that East will have a six- ´ Q87642 ´ 9

® 97 card suit for his vulnerable weak two bid, ™ 52 N ™ K Q J 10 6 4


and this means that West has no more t J 10 4 S t Q96

hearts. Therefore if you lose the lead to ® Q6 ® J52

West North East South West, the defence will be unable to cash ´ AKJ5

2™ Dble the suit. You have seven top tricks, and a ™ A8

Pass 3® Pass 3NT safe spade finesse will take you up to eight t A7532

All Pass whether it wins or loses, therefore you ® 97

cannot come to your contract without

PLAYING TEAMS East opens a weak two tackling clubs. What are your options in

hearts. What call do you make with the the suit?

South cards? You could play a club to the ten, hoping Heather’s Hints

Although your shape is not perfect, a for West to hold both honours, but you

take-out double is the least of evils, since can improve on that. You can set up the • If you need to keep a certain

your diamond suit is too weak to clubs safely whenever West holds the opponent off lead, consider an

overcall. Over your take-out double, queen (unless singleton) by making an avoidance play to establish your

partner bids 3®. It is useful to play some avoidance play. Lead a club towards long suit. In order for it to work,

system here, to enable partner to dis- dummy. If West does not play the queen, you need to lead towards the

tinguish between a weak hand, and one win the ace and return to hand with a honours. On the deal above, if

with some values. In order to do this you spade. Now play your other club, you had cashed a top club from

dummy, West would have been

able to unblock the queen under-

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