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February 2020 English Bridge

South plays in

3NT. West leads

the tQ.

´ 7 6 3

™ A 7 4

t K 6 3

® A Q 10 7

´ A 5

™ 10 8 5

t A 8 5 4 2

® K J 8

N

W E

S

South plays 3NT. West leads the t5

´ A 5 2

™ Q 6 3

t 6 2

® A J 7 4 2

´ 9 8 ´ K 10 7 6 4

™ J 8 5 4 ™ 10 9 7

t K 10 7 5 4 t Q 9 3

® 6 3 ® K 8

´ Q J 3

™ A K 2

t A J 8

® Q 10 9 5

N

W E

S

South plays 3NT. West leads the t5

´ 7 6 3

™ A 7 4

t K 6 3

® A Q 10 7

´ K J 4 ´ Q 10 9 8 2

™ Q 9 3 ™ K J 6 2

t Q J 10 7 t 9

® 9 5 2 ® 6 4 3

´ A 5

™ 10 8 5

t A 8 5 4 2

® K J 8

N

W E

S

The best the defenders can do is to take two

diamonds, a spade and a club if you were to duck

the first two tricks. However, 3NT would fail if you

were to take the first trick as East would gain the

lead with the ®K and fire a lethal diamond return

through the unguarded jack. Curtains.

What about this one? Take the wheel in 3NT

again. Somewhat unexpectedly, West leads the tQ

against 3NT. How would you play the hand?

Your Count and Plan reveals that you have eight

toppers (one spade, one heart, two diamonds and

four clubs). Quite why West has led a diamond

instead of one of your weak major suits can only be

explained by the fact that he has a four-card suit, so

diamonds are breaking 4-1. Where's the ninth trick

coming from?

This deal represents a tactical duck, rather than a

technical duck. Were you to take the first trick and

play another diamond East would be able to make a

helpful discard, presumably encouraging one of the

major suits. West is then going to switch suits - and

whether he chooses hearts or spades you are going

to be in trouble.

By playing low from both hands (contributing

the t5 from hand, say) you make East's card look

encouraging. No mortal West is going to switch

suits, so you can win the diamond continuation and

then play off the diamonds from the top, conceding

the fourth round to West. The thirteenth diamond

in hand is a winner and you have your nine tricks.

Meanwhile, West will be staring in disbelief at the

fact that East discarded at trick two . . . Here's the

full deal:

East and West have stopped fighting now! r

Have you got it?

Paul's quiz is online, p67

Please recycle

this magazine when you

have inished with it

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