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E/W Game. Dealer East

´ A K 9 3

™ K 8 5

t K 7 3

® A 5 3

´ Q J 10 8 6 4

™ A 6 4

t A 8

® 8 4

Clever play

Heather's Hints by Heather Dhondy

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laying teams, East opens 3® and South

overcalls 3´. What do you call with the North

cards?

West North East South

3® 3´

Pass 4® Pass 4t

Pass 4™ Pass 4´

Pass 4NT Pass 5´

Pass 6´ All Pass

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W E

S

´ -

™ K 8

t K 7 3

® 5

´ 8

™ A 6 4

t A 8

® -N

W E

S

should duck this trick! It is not dangerous since you

know that West will still be on lead, and now,

needing all the remaining tricks, the tempo has been

established for the squeeze. West switches to a

trump.

When you draw trumps, you discover that East

began with two, therefore has four red cards, and

West eleven. Having drawn trumps, cash the ace of

clubs, West discarding the t2 on the trump and t4

on the club, and begin cashing trumps. You will

have to count like mad, but in situations like this the

opponents are likely to give each other an honest

count since they will need to help each other know

what to keep. Watch out for this to work out what

they have kept. With one trump to go, East discards

three clubs, and West discards two more diamonds

and the ™7. It is likely that West will keep three of

each red suit, and this theory is supported by the

discards. Discard a heart from dummy on the

penultimate trump.

This is where you have got to:

Bid 4®, simply showing a hand too good to limit

with support for spades. South will co-operate with

4t, and over North's 4™ can limit his hand by

calling 4´. North will press on with 4NT, to which

South responds 5´. What now?

Although you have all the keycards, your hand is

very flat, and you know that partner is limited, both

by the non-forcing 3´ bid, and by bidding 4´ over

4™. It seems likely that there is a slow loser

somewhere so you should sign off in 6´.

West leads the ®K. How do you plan the play?

It looks as though you have two unavoidable

losers, one in clubs and one in hearts. Therefore you

are going to have to play for a squeeze. In order to

do this you will need to rectify the count, so you

Play a diamond to the king and one back to the

ace before cashing the last trump to confirm the

diamond layout. If East follows to both, you will

play them for a 7·2·2·2 shape, and West will be

squeezed in the red suits on the last trump. If East

discards a club on the second diamond you must

play your trump which will squeeze them both.

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