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It is unfortunate that East holds any diamonds at

all since West's pre-empt would normally show a

seven card suit; however, this does not present you

with too much of a problem since you can be sure

that he doesn't hold any more. Win this trick and

play your ten of clubs. If East ducks this, you are up

to eight tricks, and can now cross to dummy with a

heart, cash your spades and give East the lead in

clubs. He will have to lead a club to dummy or a

heart to your hand for your ninth trick. If he wins

the club, dummy has six winners which is sufficient

for the contract.

This was the full deal:

´ K Q 10 5 2

™ A 7

t 10 7

® K Q 3 2

´ 8 6 4 3 ´ A 7

™ 4 ™ J 10 9 8 2

t K Q 8 6 4 2 t 3

® 9 4 ® A J 7 6 5

´ J 9

™ K Q 6 5 3

t A J 9 5

® 10 8

The defence did their best to make life awkward for

you, including finding a great opening lead, but

with careful play the contract could always be made.

Heather's Hints

1. When the opponents open a pre-emptive

bid, expect other suits to break badly. If an

opponent is known to hold a seven-card

suit, the chances that the hand also has a

singleton or void in a side suit are very

high. Consider playing in no-trumps even

holding a major-suit fit.

2. Always stop to think at trick one. This may

be your last chance to make the contract. It

can be best to allow the opponents a cheap

trick, if winners rather than losers are the

issue. On this hand there is no com mu nication

to West's diamond winners, so you

have few losers but you do have com mu nication

prob lems to your winners. r

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