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MY previous article stressed the need to make a

sound plan at the outset of a hand; this article

continues in similar vein. Too many players thank

partner for the dummy and instantly embark on a

line of play without thinking the hand through. Five

or six tricks into the play they then find themselves

in consultation with the ceiling, although the dam age

has oftenalready been done.

Without further ado, try your hand in 4™ on Deal

1. West leads the ´Q so you have to plan the play:

Deal 1

South plays in 4™.

West leads the ´Q.

´ 7 6 4

™ K 10 3

t A 7 5 3

® K 8 4

´ A K 2

™ A Q J 9 7

t 4

® Q 7 5 3

Now the formula is always the same: 'Count - Plan

- Execute'. Count your winners and losers, and

make a plan before you start to play.

In terms of winners there are obviously nine on

top (two spades, five hearts, one club and a dia mond).

In terms of losers there are three obvious

ones: a spade and a couple of clubs. As so often in the

preliminary stages of analysis, this doesn't balance -

the winners and losers do not total thirteen.

Before calling for a card from dummy you need to

sort this out. In fact, the count of losers above is not

right - there are, in fact, three probable club losers.

Oh sure, clubs might split 3-3 or a friendly defender

might squander the ®A 'on air' when you lead a low

club from one hand or the other. That happens on

some sunny days, it is true. However, it pays to take

your umbrella out just in case the sky is dark and

threatening.

At least the problem presents itself clearly, if not

the solution: you have three club losers and one of

them needs eliminating. The only two ways of

eliminating losers are to trump them or dump

them. There is no source of discards available (so no

dumping), so you must look to trump a club loser.

Right - it's time to execute the plan.

Take the spade lead and immediately play a club

to the ®K. As the cards lie, East takes the ®A and

persists in spades. You take that, cash the ®Q and

give up a club and now you see the light at the end

of the tunnel. You can trump your last losing club in

dummy before pulling the remaining trumps and

cashing the tA. The full deal is:

´ 7 6 4

™ K 10 3

t A 7 5 3

® K 8 4

´ Q J 10 9 ´ 8 5 3

™ 8 5 4 ™ 6 2

t K J 8 2 t Q 10 9 6

® 6 2 ® A J 10 9

´ A K 2

™ A Q J 9 7

t 4

® Q 7 5 3

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Planning Laws by Paul Bowyer

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EUROPEAN OPEN REPORT

APOLOGIES to the team of Marion Robertson,

Simon Cope, Desislava Malakova (Bulgaria) and

Stefan Skorchev (Bulgaria) for omitting that they

qualiied for the knock-out stages in the Mixed

Teams in 7th place - the highest position

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