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Bowyer's Suit Combination Challenge from p12

1

How would you play 3NT on this deal? West

leads the ´Q.

ANSWERS

´ K 5

™ A 9 7 4

t 8 4 3 2

® A 6 2

´ A 4

™ K 8 5

t A Q 10 6 5

® 10 7 3

N

W E

S

Hand 1: South

plays in 3NT

West leads the ´Q

Preliminary Analysis:

You have six top tricks (to wit: two spades, two

hearts, one diamond and one club). A total of

four diamond tricks would swell the coffers to

nine.

How do you intend to play the diamond suit? 2

How would you play 3NT on this deal? West

leads the ´J, covered by dummy's ´Q and

East's ´K.

´ Q 2

™ A 9 7 4

t 8 4 3 2

® A K 2

´ A 4

™ K 8 5

t A Q 10 6 5

® 10 7 3

N

W E

S

Hand 2: South

plays in 3NT

West leads the ´J

Preliminary Analysis:

You have six top tricks (to wit: one spade, two

hearts, one diamond and two clubs). Four

diamond tricks would swell the coffers to nine,

but losing the lead could spell ruin.

How do you intend to play the diamond suit?

´ K 4

™ A 9 7 4

t 8 4 3 2

® A 6 2

´ Q J 10 9 7 ´ 8 6 5 2

™ 6 3 ™ Q J 10 2

t K J t 9 7

® Q 9 5 4 ® K J 8

´ A 4

™ K 8 5

t A Q 10 6 5

® 10 7 3

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W E

S

´ Q 2

™ A 9 7 4

t 8 4 3 2

® A K 2

´ J 10 9 7 6 2 ´ K 8 5

™ Q 3 ™ J 10 6 2

t J t K 9 7

® 9 6 5 4 ® Q J 8

´ A 4

™ K 8 5

t A Q 10 6 5

® 10 7 3

N

W E

S

1

You need four diamond tricks, not five. To

avoid any guesses in the suit you should lay

down the tA, intending to cross to a heart and

play another diamond. This is one of the layouts

you are catering for:

As the cards lie, West obliges by dropping the tJ on

the ace, so you can continue with the tQ from

hand, setting up sufficient tricks for the contract.

Had you won trick one on table and finessed the

tQ, though, you'd have faced an agony of

indecision after you were next on lead. Should you

lay down the tA or should you cross to table and

finesse against East's possible remaining tJ x? Best

to eliminate such guesses.

2

Here, with spades wide open after trick one (or

trick two, should you choose to duck the ´A at

trick one) you cannot risk losing the lead. For

sure, you only need four diamond tricks, but laying

down the tA is a luxury you cannot afford. You

have to try to pick up the diamond suit without

losing the lead and that, in effect, means attempting

to make five tricks in the suit. You must cross to the

table and try a diamond to the queen. This is one of

the layouts you are catering for:

You started out hoping that East started life with

tK x, but the layout above is just as good. When

West drops the jack you cross back to dummy and

finesse the t10, claiming an overtrick.

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