winner before playing trumps. Declarer’s rapidly (for a diamond discard) to counter
first manoeuvre must be to play three this. CAPTION
rounds of hearts throwing away a losing HHHHHH
diamond (taking care not to block the COMPETITION
heart suit). After this declarer is safe to This article ends with a more subtle
play on trumps to knock out the ace of version of Deal 4:
spades and draw all the trumps.
HHHHHH Deal 5
South plays in 4´.
Deal 4 is a variation on this theme of West leads the tQ.
tempo, where each side is racing to get its ´ 10 6 4 3
tricks set up. How should South play in a ™ Q 10 4
contract of 4´ against the lead of the t K85
queen of diamonds? ® J92
Don’t call me dummy, fathead!
Deal 4 S THE winner of our October competi-
South plays in 4´. tion, with the caption above, is Dave
West leads the tQ. ´ KQJ95 Bryan of Upton, Chester, who will re-
´ 10 6 4 3 ™ KJ ceive an elegant bridge mug from our
™ KQJ t A74 sponsors, Bridge and Golf Gifts Direct
t AK5 ® KQ8 (see page 15). Other excellent captions
® 10 8 4 were: I’m reporting you to the Ethics
Sub-committee! (David Richardson,
N Again, there are three obvious losers in Boston Spa); Psyche once more and
S three aces and, again, you have a diamond you’ll find out who’s vulnerable! (Frank
to lose. Counting winners and losers gives Fallon, Charminster); Aggressive bidders
(Malcolm Cloutt, Princes Risborough);
´ KQJ95 the same answer as in Deal 4: there are
If you mention “diamonds”, “your
™ 43 four losers and ten winners. What makes
honour” and “going down” once again
t 874 this deal trickier than the last is the
. . . (Mike Wood, Staplecross); Don’t
® KQJ position regarding entries. How should
you dare pre-empt me! (Pat Hore,
the play go?
Selsdon); In this cell, 2NT is Baron, never
The correct line of play has to be Jacoby! (Peter Lunoe, Hemel Hemp -
Now, there are three obvious losers with the precise. Win the diamond lead with the stead); What do you mean, “Double
three missing aces and there is a diamond ace of diamonds (winning with dummy’s cross”? Say “Redouble”! (John Stacey,
to lose as well. What can declarer do? Well, diamond king is no good) and imme- Bury St. Edmunds); and Shut it! I will not
count the winners. There are four spades, diately play the king of hearts. If the pay to play! (Sally Izod, Cheltenham).
two hearts, two diamonds and two clubs. opponents win to play another diamond, The cartoon for our new competition
Hmmm, four losers, ten winners, the same South wins that with the king of dia- is below. Please send your bridgy
as in Deal 3. This may suggest that we can monds, cashes the top hearts, throwing a captions (multiple entries accepted) to
set up a trick somewhere for a discard. How diamond, and then, and only then, turns the Editor, English Bridge, 23 Erleigh
should South play? his attention to the drawing of trumps. Road, Reading RG1 5LR or by e-mail to
Well, there is only one successful line. Why is winning trick one in the dummy firstname.lastname@example.org not later than 19th
Declarer must win the diamond lead and the wrong play? Well, imagine that the first December 2012. Don’t forget to
immediately play a heart. If the opponents trick is won there with the king of include your full postal address!
win to play another diamond South wins diamonds and the next card is a heart to
that in the dummy, cashes the top hearts, declarer’s king of hearts, which wins the
throwing a diamond, and then, and only trick (no one says the opponents have to
then, turns his attention to trumps. The take their ace of hearts). Now South plays
important point to note about this deal is another heart, which loses, and back comes
that a discard on the hearts is useless later another diamond. Now what? If you have
in the play. It will do you no good at all to followed the play carefully you will see that
throw a club away on a heart. The oppo- the lead is in the South hand and the heart
nents have the tempo with their diamond winner is stranded in the North hand.
lead, you must set your heart tricks up Declarer has to be careful (very careful)
with his use of entries on this deal.
As a final coda to this deal – can you see
When you have finished the importance of the ten of hearts?
reading this magazine, Without it (imagine North’s hearts were Sponsored by Bridge
please recycle it. ™Q-5-4 instead of ™Q-10-4), 4´ could be & Golf Gifts Direct
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