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Answers to crossword on page 54

DThe danger of taking this line is if you only make

10 tricks, when there is a potential ruff, in

diamonds for example.

DWhich is more likely? Making 12 tricks or 10

tricks? Is the risk worth the reward? This is often

the question one needs to ask when trying for

overtricks at match-points. I decided yes, even

though it's impossible to put percentages on the

chances of the opponent not taking the winning

action.

At the table, East won the queen of clubs and

played … a club back! I had my 12 tricks in the bag.

Funnily enough, East had a singleton diamond, so

had he played a heart back I would have made only

10 tricks. He just had to guess which ace his partner

had. I now realised that my analysis was incorrect,

the odds were even better than I thought, as in,

Love All. Dealer West.

´ A K Q 9 6

™ J

t Q 9 6

® A J 10 3

´ 7 3 ´ 8 4 2

™ A 7 ™ K 10 5 4 3 2

t 10 7 5 4 2 t 3

® K 8 7 4 ® Q 6 2

´ J 10 5

™ Q 9 8 6

t A K J 8

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when there is both a singleton diamond and a

misdefence, I am still in a winning situation. Would

you have taken the risk? Here is the full deal:

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