August 2018 English Bridge
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Suppose you need just four tricks in this suit. And
suppose you play, as players will, a spade to the
queen and it loses to the king. What next? Do you
play for the drop (by cashing the ace) or do you
cross to the North hand and finesse the ten?
You can resolve this dilemma by preventing it
from occurring - cash the ace of spades first. Should
an honour fall all would be sweetness and light. If
both opponents follow with low cards you cross to
North and lead another spade. If East follows it has
to be the king or the jack - and that makes life easy.
If East shows out on the second round - well, no
line of play would have worked.
The big gain is when West drops the king. With
the traditional quip to your opponents of, 'Keep
your cards up', you cross to dummy, finesse against
the jack and make all five tricks. r
Have you got it?
Paul's challenge is online, page 74