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South plays 3NT. West leads the ´4

´ A Q 5

™ 7 4 2

t K Q J 5

® 8 5 3

´ K 9 7 4 2 ´ J 8

™ K J 6 ™ A 10 9 8 5

t 10 t 8 7 3

® Q 10 6 2 ® J 9 4

´ 10 6 3

™ Q 3

t A 9 6 4 2

® A K 7

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H

ow should you handle the following suit

combination when the opponents lead the

suit?

First Trick Crisis 2

Basic Cardplay

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Suppose this is your spade holding in 3NT after

West leads the suit. What card should you play from

dummy?

You think this is easy? Well, maybe it is. You smell

a rat? Well, you are probably right to do so.

Everything in this game is within context. Let's

look at an example hand. West kicks off with the ´4

lead against 3NT and this is what you can see:

South plays in

3NT. West leads

the ´4.

´ A Q 5

™ 7 4 2

t K Q J 4

® 8 5 3

´ 10 6 3

™ A K 8

t 10 9 5 3

® A K 7

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South plays in

3NT. West leads

the ´4.

´ A Q 5

™ 7 4 2

t K Q J 5

® 8 5 3

´ 10 6 3

™ Q 3

t A 9 6 4 2

® A K 7

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will generate a second spade trick whenever West

has the ´J, or the ´K.

So what's the problem? There isn't one with that

hand, but what about this one?

Your Count and Plan shows you eight winners as

before (two clubs, five diamonds and a spade), but

here a heart switch would surely defeat you.

Running the spade lead to the ten risks defeat -

should East win and return a heart you'd surely go

down. Your best bet for nine tricks is to insert the

´Q from dummy at trick one, hoping for the deal to

look something like this:

´ A Q 5

´ 4

´ 10 6 3

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Every time you embark upon a declarer play

adventure you should Count and Plan before

calling for a card. Here, you can see two clubs, two

hearts and a spade on top and three slow diamonds.

That totals eight easy winners. A second spade trick

would swell the coffers to nine, and you are odds-on

to manage that.

Having done the maths, you call for a low card

from dummy, running the lead to the ten, which

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