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A memorable hand ♠
SOME interesting and amusing hands West might have opened a weak 2♦, but ♠ — ♠ J7
have been submitted for this column, but perhaps he didn’t have that weapon in his ♥ —
only one at a time can be used. This armoury so he passed. With no further ♦ K 10 8 5 4 S ♦ 96
contribution comes from Mike Wenble: ado, North-South bid to 3NT. ♣ 96 ♣ —
Looking for his partner’s suit, West led ♠5
his singleton heart. East, with no apparent ♥J2
Love All. Dealer West. re-entry, should have ducked, hoping his ♦AJ72
♠Q984 partner had a doubleton. Nevertheless, he ♣—
♥ 10 9 7 won the ace and king of hearts, and then
♦Q switched to a spade, ducked to the king.
♣ A K 10 7 4 Meanwhile declarer had unblocked one of Declarer realised the futility of the finesse
♠ K6 ♠ J 10 7 2 the heart honours from his own hand to so rose with the ace, crossed to the spade
♥AK863 maintain fluidity. West continued with queen, and ran dummy’s club winners
♦ K 10 8 5 4 3 S ♦96 another spade, won by the ace. eventually squeezing East who could not
♣ 9653 ♣J8 At this point, declarer had an easy nine retain length in both majors.
♠A53 tricks by conceding a trick to the king of Of course there were errors both in the
♥QJ52 diamonds (two spades, two hearts, two play and in defence, but that is the beauty
♦AJ72 diamonds and three clubs), but he must of the game, which is not an exact science.
♣Q2 have preferred to make his contract the
hard way! Send us a good deal from actual play and
South was now sure that West held if our judge, Colin Simpson, likes it, we
West North East South length in clubs, so he played the queen and will publish it in this column. Entries by
Pass 1♣ Pass 1♦ finessed the ten, losing to East’s jack. e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
Pass 1♠ Pass 3NT Finally East tried a diamond in this end- or by post to the Editor, 23 Erleigh Road,
All Pass position: Reading RG1 5LR.
PRIZE PLAY ANSWER West leads the ten of clubs. East wins with You repeat the finesse if need be and
the king and continues with the ace. finish drawing trumps in two, or (as will
Prizes kindly donated by PIATNIK, It looks like you need the spade finesse be the case on the layout shown) three
makers of playing cards since 1824 to work and to make a heart trick. If you rounds. You then play at least three (or, if
lead up to the king of hearts and back to they break 4-1, four) rounds of dia-
QUIZ master Julian Pottage gives his view the jack, you will set up a heart trick so monds, preferably ending in hand.
of the best line of play in our December long as East has the ace or West has the Finally, you duck a heart in both hands.
competition and awards prizes in three queen. You may also be able to give If East wins and leads a low heart (best
categories. yourself an extra chance of a doubleton defence), you duck to set up a heart
queen with East. Can you see a snag? trick. If East leads the queen, West leads
East, who has turned up with 8 points in a heart, or either defender gives you a
♥ J54 clubs (A-K-J) and whom you presume ruff-and-discard, again you are home.
♦ AQ54 holds 3 points in spades, will need to have
♣ 74 between 1 and 3 points in hearts to have a
Congratulations to the winners:
♠ 9 ♠ K82 total in the 12-14 range, which means
♥ A972 W E ♥ Q 10 8 holding the queen but not the ace. This County: Jeff Harrison, Natland,
♦ 832 S ♦ 76 tells you that if the spade finesse works Kendal, Cumbria
♣ 10 9 8 6 3 ♣ AKJ52 then the ace of hearts will lie over your Regional: R.L. Bardsley, Matlock,
♠ A J 10 7 5 king and the queen will lie over dummy’s Derbyshire
jack. You could play to drop the singleton
♦ K J 10 9 Open: Michael J Lawson,
king of spades with West, in which case
♣ Q Woburn, Bedfordshire
the heart ace would be bound to sit right.
There is a better play.
You play in 4♠ after East has opened You ruff the club, cross to dummy with This month’s new
1NT (12-14). a diamond and lead the queen of spades. Play Quiz is featured on page 37.
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