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´ Q J 10 7

™ K Q 4

t K 5 3

® A K Q

´ A K 8 6 5

™ 5 2

t A 4 2

® J 7 5

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he bridge game GOTO Bridge was created in

1994 by bridge enthusiasts who are now

behind the Funbridge app. From the outset,

they benefited from the wise advice and expertise of

2017 World Vice-Champion and professional

bridge player Jérôme Rombaut who suggested

innovations to meet bridge players' expectations.

The latest version - GOTO Bridge 19 - includes all

the features which made the previous products so

successful and popular. There are unlimited deals

and multiple practice game modes among other

things. As before, no internet connection is required

to play so you can take your bridge game with you

everywhere you go!

The lead is the tQ. As one should always do in a

suit contract, South counts his losers and ends up at

two - the ™A and a diamond. As the heart loser is

unavoidable, declarer needs to get rid of the

diamond loser. The only option is to hope that West

has the ace of hearts. You must lead the suit twice

from hand towards dummy's KQx to force West to

take his ace without capturing an honour from

dummy. The honour that wasn't captured will be

used to discard the diamond loser.

There is a potential complication that may arise.

Can you spot it? I'll give you a hint, trumps are 4-0.

You need to plan your entries carefully. If you play

four rounds of trumps before playing a heart

towards dummy, then when the ™Q wins (West

ducks the first round), you will be stuck in dummy

with no good play. If you then play a heart you will

not establish your king, while if you play a diamond

to your hand, the suit will be open and West will be

able to cash a diamond after taking the ™A, all

before you can establish the ™K.

You must therefore play hearts immediately after

realising that trumps break 4-0 in order to keep

communication to your hand in spades.

Here is the full deal:

Discover GOTO Bridge 19 from Funbridge

Funbridge Competitions by Christophe Grosset

West North East South

Pass 2® Pass 2´

Pass 3´ Pass 4´

Pass 4NT Pass 5®

Pass 6´ All Pass

Here is a hand from the lesson part of Gotobridge

19 on the magic of finesses:

Playing 2/1, the bidding is quite straightforward.

After South opened 1´, North showed slam interest

with 3´ and then used 4NT to ask for keycards.

When South bid 5® with 3 keys cards (two aces and

the trump king), North could settle in 6´.

Game All. Dealer South.

´ Q J 10 7

™ K Q 4

t K 5 3

® A K Q

´ - ´ 9 4 3 2

™ A J 7 6 3 ™ 10 9 8

t Q J 10 9 t 8 7 6

® 10 8 6 3 ® 9 4 2

´ A K 8 6 5

™ 5 2

t A 4 2

® J 7 5

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