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Game All. Dealer East.

´ 7 6 4

™ 7 5 4

t A 10 2

® Q J 8 4

´ 10 8 3 ´ A 2

™ 6 3 ™ K J 9 8 2

t K Q 6 5 t J 8 7 3

® 10 6 5 2 ® A 9

´ K Q J 9 5

™ A Q 10

t 9 4

® K 7 3

N

W E

S

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Game All. Dealer North.

West North East South

Pass 1™ 1´

Pass 2´ Pass 3®1

Pass 3t2 Pass 3NT

All Pass

1 Game try, needing help in clubs.

2 Help in clubs and values in diamonds.

YOU ARE PLAYING TEAMS, SITTING EAST

´ 7 6 4

™ 7 5 4

t A 10 2

® Q J 8 4

´ A 2

™ K J 9 8 2

t J 8 7 3

® A 9

N

W E

S

West leads the ™6: 4 from dummy.

Which heart do you play as East?

To answer that, you need to consider West's ™6

opening lead. From your hand and dummy, you

can see that there are only three missing hearts

higher than the six.

What might partner have?

The ™6 could be a singleton or doubleton from 6-

3, or from ™Q106. You can dismiss ™A-10-6 as

South would not have bid 3NT with ™Q-3. If

partner has the ™Q-10-6, declarer is in deep

trouble, but what if South has ™A-Q-10?

How can you find out?

You can discover South's holding by playing low

at trick one. If declarer had played the ™7 from

dummy, East would play the ™8 for the same

effect.

South wins trick 1 with the ™10.

What do you know now?

South began with ™A-Q-10 or ™A-Q-10-3.

At trick 2, South plays the ®3: six - queen - ace.

What do you do now as East?

You can be confident that South has the ®K,

otherwise South would not be tackling clubs.

With weaker clubs, South would go about setting

up the spades rather than the clubs.

The deal arose in a Vanderbilt (USA Open Knockout Teams)

and Mike Becker, East, did the right

thing when he switched to the t3 at trick three.

This was the complete deal:

It is not attractive to lead away from a jack into

dummy's A-10 holding, but only a strong diamond

holding with West would be enough to beat 3NT.

Note that, if East plays a second heart, South will

make at least 10 tricks in 3NT.

South chose 3NT after North showed values in

diamonds. Those values were not enough for 3NT,

as it turned out. Had South chosen 4´, the

favourable layout allows South to make ten or

eleven tricks. If West leads the ™6, South wins

cheaply and sets about the spades. South can draw

trumps, finesse against East in hearts and establish

the clubs. If the defence does not attack diamonds

in time, declarer can finesse the ®8 for 11 tricks

(very daring and not recommended). r

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