36 English Bridge August 2018 www.ebu.co.uk
Hand 2 ´ A Q J 10 4
™ A 6 4
t Q 10 6
® 9 5
´ 8 3 ´ 9 7 5 2
™ Q J 9 5 2 ™ 10 8
t K 2 t A 9 8 7 3
® K J 10 3 ® 8 6
´ K 6
™ K 7 3
t J 5 4
® A Q 7 4 2
Hand 1 ´ Q 7
™ K 5
t A K 10 9 5
® K 8 6 3
´ J 10 9 5 2 ´ 8 3
™ 10 7 4 ™ A Q J 8 3
t J 8 4 2 t 7 3
® Q ® J 10 9 4
´ A K 6 4
™ 9 6 2
t Q 6
® A 7 5 2
diamonds, but are there any dangers that you need
to be aware of?
There are sufficient entries to both hands, so you
can win the ´Q, then attack diamonds. Missing six
cards, you would typically cash the tAKQ and play
for the tJ to drop. However, if diamonds are not 33,
and West holds the tJ, then there is a risk that
West will win the tJ and switch to hearts. This will
lead to defeat if East holds the ™A.
This outcome can be avoided if South seeks to
avoid losing the lead to West (the danger hand).
South can succeed by leading the t5 to the tQ,
then leading the t6 to the t9. If East wins this trick
with the tJ, then South can win any return - a heart
lead may mean losing one more before gaining the
lead - and cross to the ®K to cash the remaining
three diamonds in the dummy. If the t9 wins then
declarer will win at least nine tricks without having
encountered the issue of West winning the lead and
switching to hearts.
longer be safe to lose a club trick to West. There is a
better suit to tackle to make the extra trick.
With three sequential cards in diamonds, and
only two higher cards missing, an extra trick can be
guaranteed in diamonds. This has to be achieved
whilst losing at most two heart tricks, so South has
to guard against hearts dividing 5-2 or 6-1. She
should therefore duck the first trick. If West
continue hearts South can win in either hand and
lead a small diamond. If West wins the tK and
plays a third heart to dummy's ™A, then a second
diamond is led. With East holding the tA, he can
win and switch to clubs, but South wins the ®A and
cashes a diamond for her ninth trick. If West ducks
the first diamond, East can win the tA, but has no
more hearts to lead. He can switch to the ®8, but
South can win the ®A and lead another diamond to
West's tK. West can only cash the ®K before giving
the lead back to South who now has at least nine
winners. The contract would only be defeated if
West held both the tA and the tK in which case
hearts could be established and then cashed before
South wins a diamond trick.
Heffalump Traps by David Bakhshi
You are declarer in 3NT. West leads the ™Q.
You have eight top tricks, so need just one extra
trick. Clubs may appear to offer the best chance,
with an extra trick available if the club finesse
succeeds, and the possibility of winning at least one
more trick through length. You could therefore
choose to win the ™A and lead the ®5 to the ®Q.
However, if this loses to the ®K West can continue
hearts and upon winning dummy's ™K, it will no
You are in 3NT. West leads the ´J.
You have reached a normal 3NT contract, and have
also avoided a potentially troublesome heart lead.
Can you take advantage of this and ensure that you
do not suffer an adverse swing?
You begin with eight top tricks, and need just one
extra trick. This can be guaranteed by playing on