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s it's the festive season I thought I'd provide

something of a brain-teaser for you on the

theme of suit combinations. Not too testing,

but a deal and a variation upon it to make your

brain creak back into action.

Firstly, you are in 6NT. How should you play it?

What are your chances? Suit combinations - Part 6

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you that you can guarantee them, regardless of the

lie of the cards. Does that help? Maybe . . . maybe

not.

South plays in

6NT. West leads

the ´7.

´ K J 10

™ A Q 9

t Q J 10

® A 9 4 3

´ A Q 9

™ K J 10

t A K 9

® K J 5 2

N

W E

S

® A 9 4 3

® K J 5 2

N

W E

S

Your Count and Plan tells you that you have nine

idiot-proof tricks in spades, hearts and diamonds,

so require three tricks from clubs. Therefore, the

crux of the matter is to play that suit to best

advantage to make three tricks against nasty breaks.

You may well have seen this one before (it's a suit

combination that finds its way into many a

textbook and bridge article) so, perhaps, you won't

find this one a difficult test. Well, Part 2 of this

seasonal challenge is to make 7NT instead.

Clearly luck must be on your side now - but you

still have to play clubs the optimal way. What is it?

Now, you may be full of Christmas spirits or you

may have cold turkey - either way it's worth a few

moments of your time before you plough on

through the article to look at the answers.

By the way, if you haven't seen the theme of

playing the following for three tricks, then I'll tell

ANSWERS

Part 1. The contract is 6NT.

To guarantee three club tricks (and therefore your

contract of 6NT) you win the spade lead in either

hand and play off the ®K. Next you lead a low club,

intending to insert the nine from table if West

follows with a low card. If West shows out you play

the ace and lead up to the jack.

If West follows low and East takes the nine, then

clubs are 3-2 and three tricks are assured.

If West produces the ten or the queen on the

second round it is a simple matter to establish the

suit for (at least) three tricks.

Part 2 The contract is 7NT.

Now you have to finesse against East for the ®Q, it

being way against the odds to cash the two top clubs

and hope the queen falls doubleton. However, there

is a trap.

Many players think it right to cash the ®A at trick

two before taking the club finesse. What good would

that do, though? If West has the singleton queen

East would have ®10 8 7 6 and the suit could not be

picked up.

It is right to win the spade lead in dummy and

lead a low club from table at trick two, intending to

finesse the jack. How might that gain?

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