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N/S Game. Dealer East.

´ 10 8 6 4

™ J

t K Q 3

® K Q 7 6 5

´ A 7 ´ 9 2

™ A 7 6 4 ™ K Q 9 8 5 3 2

t 5 4 2 t 8 7 6

® 9 8 4 2 ® 3

´ K Q J 5 3

™ 10

t A J 10 9

® A J 10

N

W E

S

Invaluable switch signal

Sleuth's Quiz by Ron Klinger

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is suit-preference. When you have 5+ cards in the

suit led, the chances are excellent that you will have

a card which can send the message you want.

Since you want a club switch, you should play the

™2 at trick 1. Since attitude or count are irrelevant

here, partner should read this as a suit-preference

signal.

Partner does not have the ®A, but the club

switch does beat the contract.

How come?

This was the full deal:

N/S Game. Dealer East.

´ 10 8 6 4

™ J

t K Q 3

® K Q 7 6 5

´ 9 2

™ K Q 9 8 5 3 2

t 8 7 6

® 3

N

W E

S

West North East South

3™ 3´

5™ 5´ All Pass

West leads the ™A. What should East play?

Let's think about it . . .

How many tricks can you collect in hearts?

Only the one you have already.

Is there any benefit in having hearts continued?

No.

On what should you focus?

How to defeat their contract.

Which means?

Where can we find two more tricks? If partner has

two more aces, there is no problem, but that is

more than you can reasonably expect.

Is there a chance if partner has one other ace?

Yes, if partner has the ace of clubs, you can score

a club ruff as long as declarer has at least two

clubs.

How can you direct partner's attention to a club

switch?

By your play at trick one. Since a heart

continuation is futile - you know that and so does

partner - it makes sense here to use a suitpreference

signal.

Here's a useful tip. If you are known to hold a 5-card

or longer suit and partner leads, say, the ace or

dummy wins the trick, a good idea is to play that an

odd card encourages the suit led, while an even card

West leads the ™A and East plays the ™2. West

switches to a club at trick 2. South wins and plays

the ´3. It is vital for West to rise with the ´A and

play another club which East ruffs giving East-West

+100. If West plays 'second-hand-low' on the ´3,

East-West would be -650. r

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