nents. They will (in all probability) cash a plan. Win the club lead and play and lose
couple of diamond tricks and play, say, a a heart. Win the return (a club, say) and
club. Now you can ruff your last spade in lead and lose a heart. Win the return, play CLUB PLAYER’S
the dummy and, finally, draw trumps. off two top trumps and now ruff the
Note that your ten tricks are made up of losing heart on the table. Assuming that BIDDING QUIZ
one spade, six hearts, one diamond and the trumps are 3–2 we will have four spade
two clubs. The sixth heart trick is actually tricks, one ruff in the dummy, three ON each of the following problems,
a ruff in the dummy. Note also that you diamonds and two clubs. In other words, you are West. What should you bid
should ruff your last spade with the ten or that’s five trump tricks, three diamonds with each hand on the given auction?
jack of hearts, to prevent a possible over- and two clubs. You cannot make five Julian Pottage gives his answers on
ruff by East (unlikely, but not impossible). trump tricks if you attempt to ruff clubs in
Don’t send a boy on a man’s errand . . . the South hand.
Anyway, that’s a side issue. Let’s look at the full deal:
What about the next one (Deal 3)? How
many winners and losers do we have here? Hand 1 W N E S
Deal 3 ´ Q 10 4 1NT Dble Pass
´ 983 ™ Q8632 ?
Deal 3 ™ 42 t Q 10 2
South plays in 4´ . t KQ4 ®98
West leads the ®Q. ® 97642
´ 983 ´ Q J 10 ´ 62
™ 42 ™ A 10 7 W E
t KQ4 t 972 S t 10 6 5 3 Hand 2 W N E S
® 97642 ® Q J 10 5 ® 83 ´ AJ6 1NT
´ AK754 ™Q4 Dble 2® 2´ Pass
N ™ J93 tKQ84 ?
S t AJ8 ®AQ85
t AJ8 If you play off two top trumps early in the Hand 3 W N E S
® AK hand, you can be defeated. Sometime later ´ KQ4 2® Pass 2t Pass
you are going to have to lead a heart. West ™AKQJ4 ?
can win that and can draw dummy’s last t KQ32
Firstly, South counts his winners. There trump with the boss spade. Now the ®K
are four spades (assuming a 3–2 break), defenders can cash two more heart tricks.
three diamonds and two clubs. That’s nine East-West will make one spade trick and
tricks. What about losers? Well, declarer three heart tricks to defeat 4´.
must lose two hearts and at least one Now, a question. East-West can always Hand 4 W N E S
spade (so if trumps are 4–1, that’s Good- beat 4´ on this hand with accurate ´ K Q 10 7 5 4 1t
night, Vienna). Again, this doesn’t add up. defence. What is that defence? ™AQ5 1´ 2™ Pass 3t
Nine winners and three losers. By now you By now you should have seen that the t 10 2 ?
will see that with this type of anomaly we winning defence in most of these hands is ®J8
should look for a ruff, probably before to make declarer do what he doesn’t want
tackling trumps. There would be no point to. As declarer can’t afford to draw trumps
in trying to ruff clubs in the South hand the defenders do best to make him do
(don’t ruff in the long hand), the aim exactly that. If West leads a spade instead Hand 5 W N E S
being to ruff a loser in the dummy. of a club and the defence continues ´Q3 1t Pass
To do that, though, dummy has to be leading trumps every time they are on ™ K 10 8 5 4 ?
denuded of hearts. So . . . let’s execute the lead, 4´ fails. r t K 10 7 3 2
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