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Bowyer's Suit Combination Challenge from p10

ANSWER ANSWER

´ A Q 5

™ 7 4 2

t K Q J 5

® Q 5 3

´ 7 3

™ A Q 3

t 10 9 8 6 4

® A K 8

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W E

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Hand 1: South

plays in 3NT

West leads the ´J

´ A Q 5

™ 7 4 2

t K J 10 5 2

® K 10

´ 8 3

™ K Q J

t A 6 3

® A 9 6 4 2

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W E

S

Preliminary Analysis:

You have five top tricks (one spade, one heart, and

three clubs) and it's easy enough to establish four

diamond winners. What's the right play at trick

one?

Preliminary Analysis:

You have five top tricks (one spade, two diamonds

and two clubs). Diamonds can easily be set up for

four winners and hearts for two winners. How

might you time the hand? What's the right play at

trick one?

´ A Q 5

™ 7 4 2

t K Q J 5

® Q 5 3

´ J 10 9 6 4 ´ K 8 2

™ K J 5 ™ 10 9 8 6

t 3 t A 7 2

® J 10 6 2 ® 9 7 4

´ 7 3

™ A Q 3

t 10 9 8 6 4

® A K 8

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W E

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´ A Q 5

™ 7 4 2

t K J 10 5 2

® K 10

´ J 9 7 4 2 ´ K 10 6

™ A 6 5 ™ 10 9 8 3

t 8 t Q 9 7 4

® Q 8 7 5 ® J 3

´ 8 3

™ K Q J

t A 6 3

® A 9 6 4 2

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W E

S

Hand 1: You should play the ´A at trick one. Yes,

it's possible that West has led from ´KJ10xx, but

that doesn't mean playing the ´A is wrong. By

taking the ´A and knocking out the tA you protect

the ´Q if the tA lies with East. Here's the full deal:

Hand 2: You should play low from table at trick

one, running the lead to the ´8. East should win

that cheaply (it would be poor play to take the ´K

from a holding of ´K10x, say) but will be somewhat

hamstrung for a return. Here's the deal:

Hand 2: South

plays in 3NT

West leads the ´4

If West turns up with the tA and leads the ´10

you'd have to take a view on whether to play the ´Q

(playing West for ´KJ10xx) or whether to play low

(playing for a spade blockage with East having

´Kxx). As it is, after East takes the tA he can do

nothing. You take the ™A on the heart return and

run for home.

After a spade lead, ducked to the ´10, East can do

little but return a heart at trick two to the jack and

ace. West may as well continue spades, but you have

the tempo. You try the finesse and East clears the

spades. However, when you take the diamond

finesse into East he has no spades left to play back.

You make the contract with one spade, two hearts,

four diamonds and two clubs.

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