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E/W Game. Dealer North

´ 5

™ 7 5 3

t K 9 8 6 5 3 2

® A 5

´ A K J 9 8 7 6

™ A 6

t 10

® K 7 6

Clever play

Heather's Hints by Heather Dhondy

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laying pairs, what do you open with the

North cards?

West North East South

3t Pass 4´

All Pass

N

W E

S

´ -

™ 7 5

t K 9 8 6 5 3 2

® -

´ A K J 9 8 7 6

™ 6

t 10

® -

N

W E

S

There are many theories about when it is

incorrect to pre-empt, for example with a side fourcard

major, or with an outside ace, or with a poor

suit. However I believe that if you are dealt a seven

card suit first in hand at favourable vulnerability,

you should be looking to open the bidding

somehow and put the maximum pressure on the

opposition. Here you should open 3t although on

this occasion it is partner that has the good hand.

East passes and South finalises things with a jump

to 4´ which becomes the contract.

West leads the ™K, which you take and play three

rounds of clubs ruffing away your loser, West

following upwards, and East playing the eight, jack

and queen. How do you plan the play?

This is where you have got to and you are in

dummy:

As soon as you are in hand you will cash trumps

from the top and hope that they are not

misbehaving too badly. If the queen drops

doubleton you may even make an overtrick,

However, you need to choose which red suit to play

from dummy. If the queen of trumps is falling in

two rounds, only a trump promotion will stop you

from making your overtrick. It appears as if clubs

are five-three with East starting with three. If this is

the case then in order to score a trump promotion

from clubs the opposition will have to cash both red

suit tricks first and then play a club from the West

hand. They can only promote a trump if East began

with the queen doubleton, but you may be able to

avoid the situation, however unlikely.

The Northern Midweek Congress took place in

late August at Harrogate. The two-day

Championship Pairs was won by Alan Mould &

John Holland, with Celia Oram & Derek Oram in

second place.

The Swiss Teams was won by the team of Alan

Jarvis, Tom Cohen, Alan Hayward & Robert

Dixon. They finished just ahead of Bill Niccol,

John Gladders, Graham Jepson & David Musson.

NORTHERN MIDWEEK CONGRESS

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