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1´ 2® Pass Pass

Dble

W N E S

Dble Pass 2™ 3®

4™ 5® Dble All Pass

South plays 5® dbld. West leads the ´A

´ J 10 9 5 3

™ 4 2

t K 9 7

® 10 9 3

´ A K 8 7 2 ´ 6

™ K Q 7 6 ™ A J 9 5 3

t J 10 2 t Q 8 6 3

® 7 ® J 5 2

´ Q 4

™ 10 8

t A 5 4

® A K Q 8 6 4

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W E

S

Counting declarer's shape

Sleuth's Quiz by Ron Klinger

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ou are West, playing teams, vulnerable vs

non vulnerable. South, dealer, opens 1®.

What is your call with the following:

You have enough strength for a takeout double and

the shortage in clubs is also suitable for a takeout

double. Modern style with these hands and a

respectable 5-card major is to overcall in that suit. If

partner does not support and the auction works out

suitably, you can double for takeout on the next

round. For example, if it began:

Trick 1 goes ´A - three - six - four.

What next?

You cannot be sure whether partner began with

´Q6 or South with ´Q4. You want to make sure

of whatever heart tricks your side has and so you

switch to the ™K: two - nine - ten and the ™Q:

four - jack - eight.

The contract is off. Now it is a question of how big

a penalty you can extract. Greed is good (in bridge).

What do you play at trick 4?

This is the full deal, which arose in the final of a

National Teams:

´ A K 8 7 2

™ K Q 7 6

t J 10 2

® 7

´ J 10 9 5 3

™ 4 2

t K 9 7

® 10 9 3

´ A K 8 7 2

™ K Q 7 6

t J 10 2

® 7

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S

In the actual event, West chose to double and it

went:

What do you lead?

There is no reason to depart from the normal,

highly attractive A-K suit. You lead the ´A and

this is what you see:

After ´A, ™K, ™Q, West foolishly played the ´K and

that was the end of the defence. That won making

+300 for East-West, a loss of 8 IMPs as 4™ was on

for +620 at the other table. South could draw

trumps and pitch a diamond on a spade in dummy.

West should play a low spade at trick 4. It cannot

hurt if East began with ´Q6 and it gives East a ruff

if East's ´6 was a singleton. The low spade does not

set up dummy's spades and declarer cannot avoid a

diamond loser later.

There is a strong clue from East that a low spade

is wanted. On the second heart, East played the ™J,

suit-preference for a switch back to spades. r

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