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Hand 2 ´ K 10 7 2

™ K 6 3

t 5

® A Q J 10 7

´ Q 9 4 ´ 5

™ Q 10 8 ™ A J 9 4

t K Q 10 7 3 t J 9 6 4 2

® 9 2 ® 8 6 3

´ A J 8 6 3

™ 7 5 2

t A 8

® K 5 4

Hand 1 ´ A 6 5

™ 8 5 3

t Q 10 4

® A Q 9 2

´ 10 7 2 ´ J 9 4 3

™ K 9 6 4 ™ A J 10

t J 8 6 3 t 9 7 2

® 7 5 ® K 8 4

´ K Q 8

™ Q 7 2

t A K 5

® J 10 6 3

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Is it possible to restrict yourself to just three

losers in hearts? Since you can see the ™2 and the

™3, West's ™4 lead is consistent with a four card

holding, so East will be able to play a third heart if

he wins the second trick.

If West started with ™K10x4, you will have four

heart losers whether you play the ™Q at trick two or

not, and you will then have to hope that West has

the ®K to succeed.

However, if East started with ™AJ10, it is possible

to block the heart suit and restrict the defence to

just three tricks in the suit. Covering the ™J with

the ™Q leaves West with a problem that has no

good solution. If he wins the ™K and returns a

heart, East will win the ™10, but West is stranded

from his fourth heart. If West ducks the ™Q then

clubs can be safely finessed. If East wins the ®K and

returns a heart the defenders can only win four

tricks before you regain the lead.

Should you plan to 'finesse or drop'?

In isolation, a 2-2 split is slightly more likely, so

you could plan to play the ´A and ´K on the first

two rounds. Is there any danger in playing this way?

If East discards on the second round of spades,

you can start playing clubs, but if West can trump

on one of the first three rounds of clubs, then he can

switch to hearts, and you will potentially lose three

tricks in the suit if East has the ™A.

However, you can afford to lose a spade trick as

long as you lose the lead to East, since he cannot

attack hearts without allowing the ™K to win a

trick. You should therefore cash the ´A, then lead

the ´3 and insert dummy's ´10 if West follows with

the ´9 on the second round.

If East wins the ´Q you can win any return and

run dummy's clubs. If East discards on the second

spade, you can now cash the ´K and run dummy's

clubs. Throwing two hearts, and later trumping t8

will allow you to make 12 tricks.

Heffalump Traps by David Bakhshi

4´. West leads the tK.

You have eight top tricks, and can easily win at

least two extra tricks in spades.

You have a decision to make when you tackle the

trumps and you also hope to avoid any danger of

losing four tricks in the process. You win the tA at

trick one and plan to start trumps immediately.

3NT. West leads the ™4. East wins the ™A, and

returns the ™J.

You have seven top tricks, and can expect to make

at least one extra in clubs, but there is a danger that

you will lose at least five tricks before you gain the

lead. Even if you lose only four tricks in hearts, your

contract will fail if you also lose a trick to the ®K.

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