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Declarer’s Points and

Heather’s Hints

Shape May Provide a

Clue to the Defence

Heather Dhondy

and partner will play the two.

E/W Game. Dealer East. This is the position you have reached:

´ A985 partner over-ruffing. Now if partner’s

™ Q432 trump holding includes either the jack or

t K J 10 ´ A985 ten, you will have promoted a second

® 10 7 ™ Q432 trump trick in your hand to go with your

´ 74 t K J 10 two club tricks.

™ K97 N ® — This was the full deal:

t 43 W

´ 74

® AKJ953 ™ K97 N

t 43 W ´ A985

® J953 ™ Q432

PLAYING pairs, you are defending 4™ by t K J 10

South after you have overcalled with 3® ® 10 7

over South’s 1t in second seat. Playing You have two club tricks, and know that the ´ 74 ´ Q J 10 6 3 2

weak jump overcalls, you are a little strong king of hearts will provide a third trick. ™ K97 N ™ 10 6

W E

for the bid; however, you have some If partner holds the ace of diamonds (un- t 43 S t 862

flexibility when partner is a passed hand likely on the bidding), there is no hurry for ® AKJ953 ® 82

since game is unlikely, and you want to put it, and there is little point going after ´ K

pressure on the opponents if you possibly spades. You know from the bidding and the ™ AJ85

can. North made a negative double and play so far that declarer has at most one and t AQ975

South jumped to 4™, which suggests that if partner holds the king, then declarer’s ® Q64

it is quite likely that the opponents are in a diamonds are running (count his points),

four-four fit. and a forcing defence will not inconven-

You lead the ace of clubs to dummy’s ience him since trumps are dividing. Note that if partner holds 8-x in trumps,

seven, partner’s eight and declarer’s four. However, let’s consider what might declarer must rise with the queen of hearts

How do you plan the defence? happen if you try a third club. With such on the third round of clubs and play a

It looks as though partner has begun a poor trumps in dummy, continuing with trump to the ace. If he finesses, you can

peter in clubs to show a doubleton. Play a third round of clubs will force declarer play a fourth round of clubs to promote

the king of clubs to confirm the situation to ruff with dummy’s queen to avoid your heart nine. Declarer should find the

right play, however, given your partner’s

failure to overruff the queen at trick three.

ENGLAND SCOOP VICTORY IN

2011 CORN CAIRDIS Heather’s Hints

CONGRATULATIONS to the English teams of (EBU) Sally Bugden, Peter Stocken, • Count declarer’s points and work

out his shape. These two valuable

Andrew Petrie, Malcom Oliver; (Warwickshire) Adrian Knight, Leslie Reece, Peter

pieces of information often provide

Oldbury, Brent Wormald; (West Midlands BC) Jane and Cyril Hall, Tony Cundy,

the clue to the winning defence.

Tony Poole who scooped victory in the Corn Cairdis (Cup of Friendship) beating

Ireland by 180 VPs to 177.

An Open Teams competition was held alongside the friendly international match, • When your partner is a passed

hand, you can widen the range of

and congratulations are due to the winners: (Saturday) Roy Moore, Paul Hackett,

your pre-emptive bids. Remember

Jason Hackett, Brian Senior and (Sunday) Margaret Wort, David Hulston, Bridget

that this can mean being stronger

and Paul Hardstaff.

than expected, as well as weaker.r

www.ebu.co.uk August 2011 English Bridge 9

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