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Heather’s Hints by Heather Dhondy

When Defending, Try to Envisage

Partner’s Problems as Well as Your Own

four, there will be no way to defeat the

E/W Game. Dealer North. contract since declarer will have eight ´K 10 8 6 5

´ K 10 8 6 5 trumps and three clubs to cash. You must ™K97

™ K97 therefore assume declarer’s original shape t98

t 98 to be 3-0-8-2. How do you defend? ®Q92

® Q92 In order to defeat this contract you will ´ Q4 ´ AJ9

´ Q4 need to be able to take three spade tricks. ™ Q J 10 8 4 2 N ™ A653

W E

™ Q J 10 8 4 2 N You therefore have to assume that partner t 10 7 S t K

t 10 7 W has all the necessary spade cards, in other ® 654 ® J 10 8 7 3

® 654 words the ace, jack and nine. If you play ´ 732

low on this trick, declarer will duck. How ™ Void

will partner be able to get off lead safely? t AQJ65432

West North East South He will have to exit with the ace of ® AK

Pass 1® 5t hearts. Now declarer will ruff and lead a

All Pass second spade. Can you see a danger?

If declarer also ducks this trick, you will

YOU ARE sitting West, and are defending be left on play, and you will have to give a Heather’s Hints

after your partner opened 1® and South trick to dummy. Is there anything that you

overcalled with 5t, ending the auction. can do about this? • When defending, try to envisage

You lead the queen of hearts to the seven, You must unblock the queen of spades partner’s problems as well as your

partner’s six and declarer ruffs. Declarer on the first round of the suit. Now if own.

plays the ace of diamonds, which fells declarer ducks, you play a spade to your • Once you think you know the un-

partner’s king, and continues with the partner’s ´A-J, and if he covers, partner seen hands, play through the next

queen of diamonds, partner discarding wins and gets off lead with the ace of few tricks in your head. This was

the three of clubs. Now declarer cashes the hearts. Now declarer must concede two the key to finding the correct

ace of clubs followed by the king, partner further spade tricks to partner. defence on this deal. r

contributing first the seven and then the This was the full deal:

eight, and plays the two of spades. What

do you know about the hand?

This is the position you have reached: ENGLAND WIN SILVER AT WORLD MIND GAMES

´ K 10 8 6 5

™ K9

t —

® Q

´ Q4

™ J 10 8 4 2 N

t — W

® 6

Photo: copyrights SportAccord

Partner began with one trump, and four The England Women (left in the photo) won a silver medal at the World Mind Games invi-

hearts. Presumably his signal in clubs tational event in Beijing in December, losing to the USA in the Teams final. Well done to

indicates that he began with five cards in Sally Brock, Nicola Smith, Heather Dhondy, Nevena Senior, Fiona Brown (see page 54)

the suit. In any case, if he only began with and Susan Stockdale. Nicola Smith won a second silver medal in the Individual event.

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