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three of hearts to hand, ruff the last club

with the ace of hearts. That’s six tricks and

you have four top trumps to come.

Now, this principle can be extended to

THE EBU &

more difficult hands. I’m sure the editor

has space to fit this one in . . . !

BRIDGE OVERSEAS

Deal 4

South plays in 4™.

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The defenders play off three rounds of

diamonds, the last being ruffed by South.

Now, to to be certain of making 4™ you

must ruff the two club losers in the

dummy. So, king of clubs, ace of clubs, ruff t Bridge England Sim Pairs Blue-

a club . . . with what? t Open Pairs pointed

If you try the ten of hearts, then East events

just might be able to over-ruff with the t Pivot Teams

jack of hearts and return a trump, leaving t Men’s, Ladies’ and Green-

you with a club loser. Mixed Pairs pointed

The defence has slipped badly by not Swiss

leading trumps, you mustn’t give them t Swiss Pairs and Swiss Teams

events

another chance. To be completely secure

you must ruff the third round of clubs

with the king of hearts, return to hand by

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