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68 English Bridge June 2019

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You play low from the table at trick one, allowing

East to score the ´K. East returns a spade. On taking

the ´Q you cash the ®K on which East plays the

jack. What do you do next?

Preliminary Analysis:

1. How many top tricks are there?

2. How many club tricks do you need?

3. What is the best line of play?

Bowyer's Suit Combination Challenge from p8

ANSWER

ANSWER

´ A 6 2

™ J 4

t J 6 3

® A 10 5 4 2

´ Q 8

™ A K 5 3

t A 7 5 2

® K 6 3

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W E

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Hand 1: South

plays in 3NT

West leads the ´J

´ A 6 2

™ J 4

t J 6 3

® A 10 5 4 2

´ Q 8

™ A K 5 3

t A 7 5 2

® K 6 3

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W E

S

You play low from the table at trick one, allowing

East to score the ´K. East returns a spade.

Preliminary Analysis:

1. How many top tricks are there?

2. How many club tricks do you need?

3. What is the best line of play?

´ A 6 2

™ J 4

t J 6 3

® A 10 5 4 2

´ J 10 9 5 3 ´ K 7 4

™ 9 7 6 ™ Q 10 8 2

t Q 10 t K 9 8 4

® Q 9 7 ® J 8

´ Q 8

™ A K 5 3

t A 7 5 2

® K 6 3

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1.You have seven top tricks (to wit: two spades, two

hearts, one diamond and two clubs)

2. You need to make four club tricks to swell the

coffers to nine.

3. To develop the clubs to best advantage you should

cash the ®K first and play low to the ten. Should

West play an honour on the second round you

should duck it.

It works just as well to duck the first round of clubs,

although cashing the king first gives West the

chance to misdefend by splitting his honours

should he have started with ®Q J x x.

1. You have seven top tricks (to wit: two spades, two

hearts, one diamond and two clubs)

2. You need to make four club tricks to swell the

coffers to nine.

3. Unless East is a sadist who has played the ®J

from ®Q J 9 x you can guarantee your contract by

ducking the second round of clubs.

On this layout West takes the ®8 but is powerless to

do anything at trick five. On regaining the lead you

can take the marked finesse of the ®10, cash out the

black winners in dummy (don't forget the isolated

´A!) and have nine winners.

True, by taking this line of play you may lose an

unnecessary

trick should

East hold

®QJ

doubleton,

but that is a

small price

to play for

guaranteeing

the success of

your

contract.

North South

1™

2® 2NT

3NT

Hand 2: South

plays in 3NT

West leads the ´J

North South

1™

2® 2NT

3NT

´ A 6 2

™ J 4

t J 6 3

® A 10 5 4 2

´ J 10 9 5 3 ´ K 7 4

™ 9 7 ™ Q 10 8 6 2

t Q 10 t K 9 8 4

® Q 9 8 7 ® J

´ Q 8

™ A K 5 3

t A 7 5 2

® K 6 3

N

W E

S

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