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´ K J 7 4

™ K 5 4

t 10 4

® Q 8 7 5

´ A 9 8

™ 9 8 6 2

t A 7 2

® A K J

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South plays 3NT. Lead t6

´ K J 7 4

™ K 5 4

t 10 4

® Q 8 7 5

´ 10 6 5 ´ Q 3 2

™ Q J 3 ™ A 10 7

t Q 9 8 6 5 t K J 3

® 4 2 ® 10 9 6 3

´ A 9 8

™ 9 8 6 2

t A 7 2

® A K J

N

W E

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What does a discard say?

by David Gold

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O

ne discard can sometimes be enough to

guide declarer to the winning line!

This hand came from the semi-finals of the mixed

teams trials and was declared by Simon Cope. I have

decided to share it because I think it is beautifully

instructive.

You arrive in 3NT after a simple strong no trump

and Stayman auction.

West leads the t6, playing 4th best leads. You play

small from dummy and East plays the king which

you naturally duck. East returns the tJ and you

duck again, West following with the t5 - surely a

5-card suit - and East plays a third diamond which

you win with the ace discarding a heart from

dummy since you need to give yourself a chance of

eight tricks in the black suits.

So, let's think about the play. We have one

diamond trick and four club tricks. If we can make

four spade tricks that will be nine. We could lead up

to the ™K but if the ace is onside West will have two

more diamonds to cash to defeat us, so there is no

point in trying for that. Spades can be delayed so

how about trying the three top clubs and seeing if

anything interesting happens…

On the third club West discards a spade. Now,

that is very revealing because few players would

throw a spade from the queen here so it looks likely

that card is wrong. If we take a spade finesse and it

loses we are going down since we will only make

four clubs, three spades and one diamond. We will

never make a heart trick since either the ace is over

the king or it is in the hand with the long diamonds.

For now, lets try the ´A and another spade. On the

second spade play, West follows with the ten. Have

they discarded a spade from Q10xx? Maybe, but

unlikely. So, is there anything else to be done?

Since finessing is hopeless for the contract if the

spade is wrong, it must be right to play the king.

Now cash the queen of clubs throwing a heart from

hand and exit a spade. East wins and has to lead

away from the ace of hearts giving us the long spade

and the king of hearts. one diamond, four clubs,

three spades and one heart = 9 tricks!

This is exactly how Simon played the hand. Here

is the full deal:

Simon succeeded in making the contract with

both the spade finesse wrong and the heart ace

offside by using one very revealing discard to his

advantage. r

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