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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

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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

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