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Hand 4 ´ 7 6 3

™ K J 5

t K J 10 7 5 3

® 4

´ Q 9 8 5 ´ K J

™ Q 10 8 4 2 ™ 9 3

t - t Q 8 6 2

® A 9 6 3 ® Q J 10 7 2

´ A 10 4 2

™ A 7 6

t A 9 4

® K 8 5

Hand 3 ´ A Q J 6 3

™ 9 8 2

t A 6 2

® K 6

´ 9 4 ´ 8 7 5

™ A 10 7 4 3 ™ K J 6

t J 9 t Q 10 5 4

® Q J 9 5 ® 10 7 3

´ K 10 2

™ Q 5

t K 8 7 3

® A 8 4 2

N

W E

S

N

W E

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4´ after a transfer auction. West leads the ®Q.

You are in a normal 4´ contract, and should seek to

ensure the success of your game if you can.

You have nine top tricks, but what options are

there for winning your tenth trick?

If diamonds divide 3-3, then an extra trick could

be made in that suit, but there is also the chance to

make an extra trick by trumping. However, South

must be careful to avoid a common trap that many

players fall into having become declarer via a

transfer.

If you have been trained to think of trumping in

the dummy to make extra tricks then you may be

tempted to trump a club in dummy. However, this

will not increase the number of tricks that you win,

and is just another way to win five spade tricks.

If you have been trained to make extra tricks by

trumping in the short trump hand, then you will

instead consider trumping a heart in your own

hand. Winning a trick with the ´2 or ´10 will be a

winner in addition to dummy's trumps, so you

should win the ®K and lead the ™2 to your ™Q and

West's ™A. West does best to play a trump, but you

can win the ´10 and lead the ™5 to East's ™J. East

can play a second spade, but you win with the ´J,

and lead the ™9, which you trump with the ´K. You

can now cross to the tA and draw the outstanding

trump.

3NT (North opened a weak 2t). West leads the

™4.

You have bid to a game that might be missed if your

opponents at the other table do not have a weak 2t

opening available to them, so making your contract

could lead to a positive swing. You have five top

tricks, but can definitely make three extra tricks

from diamonds, and might also make an extra trick

with the ™J or the ®K.

Following West's ™4 lead, you can try the ™J from

the dummy. If East plays the ™Q, then you may

need to win four extra tricks from diamonds, but

when the ™J wins the trick, then you should try to

ensure three extra diamond winners without

risking your contract. What other dangers could

arise?

If East wins the tQ and West has the ®A, then a

club switch could leave you with at least five club

losers in addition to the tQ. However, this can be

avoided if you can guarantee that you will only lose

a diamond trick to West (the safe hand). You can

therefore lead the tJ from the dummy at trick two.

When East plays low, you also play low. If West wins

the tQ, then he cannot attack clubs profitably. If

West plays a low diamond then the diamonds can

be played from the top. When West discards, you

can now lead the t3 to the t9, followed by cashing

the tA. You can now cross to the ™K to play

dummy's remaining diamond winners. With East

holding the tQ, you will end up making an

overtrick. r

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