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Hand 2 ´ J 7

™ 7 6 2

t A Q J 7 5 3

® 8 4

´ K 6 4 2 ´ Q 9 5 3

™ A 10 8 5 3 ™ Q 9

t 6 t K 8 2

® Q 9 5 ® J 10 6 2

´ A 10 8

™ K J 4

t 10 9 4

® A K 7 3

Hand 1 ´ A 8 3

™ J 9 7 6 4

t K 3

® A J 6

´ K Q 9 ´ 10 7 6 4 2

™ 5 3 ™ A

t Q 9 6 4 t 10 8 7

® Q 8 7 2 ® 10 9 5 3

´ J 5

™ K Q 10 8 2

t A J 5 2

® K 4

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Given that you are missing the ™A, you have to win

the first trick, and then have to decide when to draw

trumps. If you lead a trump at trick two, East can

win the ™A, and return a spade to West's ´Q. This

would give you no chance of succeeding but is also

an outcome that could be predicted. Is there any

way to prevent this?

Declarer can only avoid losing a spade trick by

getting rid of the ´J without losing the lead. This

can be achieved by using the ®J to provide a third

club winner before playing a heart.

You should therefore lead the ®6 to the ®K at

trick two, then lead the ®4 to the ®J at trick three.

When the club finesse succeeds, dummy's ®A is

played, allowing you to discard the ´J. It is now safe

to draw trumps. East can win the ™A and try

returning a spade, but you ruff and draw the last

trump. You can now cross-ruff the remaining

diamonds and spades to make your slam.

If West has the tK then there will be no problem,

but if East has the tK, then you will need to be

careful not to lose four heart tricks in addition to

the tK.

When East plays the ™Q, it looks natural to win

the first trick with the ™K, but if you now lead the

t10, and East wins the tK, he will be able to defeat

your contract by returning a heart. However, this

can be prevented. Given that the diamond finesse

will only fail if East has the tK, you should aim to

ensure that East cannot return a heart upon

winning the tK. East will have at most two hearts,

and your ™KJ represent a certain stopper once East

has played the ™Q, so try the effect of ducking

(playing low) at trick one.

East can return the ™9 which West wins and

returns a heart which you win. Now, when South

leads the t10, East can win the tK but will no

longer have a heart to return. Whichever black suit

East leads, you can regain the lead, and play your

remaining winners to make your game.

Heffalump Traps by David Bakhshi

3NT. West makes a 1™ overcall and leads the ™5.

East plays the ™Q.

You are playing in an aggressive 3NT contract, so

making your game could lead to a swing.

You have four top tricks, but you can win four or

five extra tricks from diamonds depending which

opponent has the tK (assuming that East does not

hold the tKxxx).

6™. West leads the ´K.

You have reached a thin 6™ contract that may well

be missed in the other room, so this board has huge

swing potential for your team.

You have five top tricks, but can make plenty of

tricks using your trumps, and also have the

possibility of finessing to promote the tJ or the ®J.

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