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Hand 2 ´ 10 4
™ A 7 3
t A K 9 8 4
® J 5 4
´ K 9 8 5 3 ´ Q 6 2
™ Q 8 ™ J 10 9 4
t Q 10 5 3 t 7
® Q 6 ® K 9 8 3 2
´ A J 7
™ K 6 5 2
t J 6 2
® A 10 7
Hand 1 ´ K Q 10 6 4
™ Q 9 2
t A 7 4
® K 6
´ 7 2 ´ 9 8 5
™ K 10 4 3 ™ A J 8 6
t J 2 t Q 10 9 6
® Q J 10 5 3 ® 8 4
´ A J 3
™ 7 5
t K 8 5 3
® A 9 7 2
You have nine top tricks, and should look for the
most likely way to generate a tenth trick.
It might be tempting to trump clubs in the
dummy, but trumping in the long hand will not
give declarer extra tricks. If diamonds divide 3-3,
then South can make an extra trick through length,
but the most straightforward strategy involves
trumping a heart in the short trump hand.
Declarer wins the first trick with the ®K and
leads a heart. West can win cheaply and does best to
play a spade. South wins the ´J and leads the ™7.
East can win this trick and lead a second trump
won by dummy's ´10. The ™Q is led, and trumped
with the ´A. South now crosses to the tA and
draws the last trump.
tQ was doubleton and next play the tA. However,
following West's spade lead, a second trick can be
guaranteed in spades, leaving South needing only
two extra tricks in diamonds. This will be certain if
they split 3-2, so South needs to guard against
When West leads a spade, declarer has to decide
whether to play the ´10 or the ´4 from the dummy.
Playing the ´4 gives South a certain extra winner,
whether or not East holds the ´Q. If East plays the
´Q, then South wins with the ´A. South should
now lead the t2 to the tA. When both opponents
play low diamonds, then you should now lead the
t8 from the dummy. If East plays a low diamond,
you try the tJ, knowing that if this loses then the
diamonds will have split 3-2. When East discards,
South plays the tJ and West wins the tQ (it does
not help to duck). If West continues spades, then
South can win the ´J and win three more diamond
tricks with the aid of a marked finesse. If West
switches suits, then South can play a spade to
promote the ´J into a winner.
Heffalump Traps by David Bakhshi
3NT. West leads the ´5.
You are playing 3NT without an abundance of
values, so making your game might be enough to
earn a swing.
You have six top tricks, and can expect to win two
or three extra in diamonds as well as possibly
winning one more in any of the other three suits.
If you needed to win five tricks in diamonds, then
your best chance would be to cash the tK, and if
the tQ did not fall, you would have to hope that the
4´. West leads the ®Q.
You have reached a normal 4´ contract following a
transfer auction, so your goal should be to ensure
your contract if that is possible. Answers from