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the jack loses to bare queen offside. The safety play or need to go all out for four On this last deal, South becomes the de-
safety play is to start with the king then diamond tricks. Declarer should therefore clarer in 4♠ after West opened 3♣ and led
lead low towards the nine. If the next hand win the heart in dummy and lead a spade the king of clubs.
plays small on the second round declarer to the queen. If this wins, he then follows This is a very different kind of safety
puts in the nine, while if it plays an honour the sure safety play as described above. play, which does not revolve around a suit
declarer wins and the jack and nine are combination so much as counting winners
equals against the remaining honour. That and playing accordingly.
guards against the 4-1 break and, if the ♠ K9 A careless declarer will win the ace of
nine loses, the remaining card will fall on ♥ Q 10 8 3 clubs and ruff a club with dummy's nine.
the third round as the suit has broken 3-2. ♦ Q97532 When East over-ruffs and returns a trump,
Should the second hand show out, de- ♣ 7 he will be left with two more club losers
clarer goes up with the ace then leads back ♠ 3 ♠ J542 plus a heart, for down one. Unlucky?
towards the jack. ♥ 754
♥ KJ96 Hardly.
Though declarer has a 5-3 instead of a ♦ 10 8 S ♦ KJ64 The safety play is to ruff a club with the
4-4 fit, exactly the same technique is ♣ KQJ9643 ♣ 10 king at trick two, cross back to hand with
successful with combination (viii). How- ♠ A Q 10 8 76 a red ace and ruff another club with the
ever, (ix) is a little more awkward. Again, it ♥A2 nine. Yes, that gets over-ruffed, but de-
is correct to cash the top honour from the ♦A clarer had budgeted for one trump loser
hand containing the jack, so start with the ♣A852 and there is only one club loser left and
king, but now a low card away from the one heart – ten tricks made.
jack would fail if East held queen-ten-to-
four. Instead, declarer must cross to the
North hand to lead the second round low
towards the jack. Again, any 4-1 split is
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