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Play Technique by Frances Hinden

Endplays

THE EDITOR passed this letter from Dave

Parkin on to me: ‘Hi Elena, has the ´ J8 ´ J5

magazine produced an article on endplay? ™ K 10 4 ™ K 10 4

If not, could we have one? Preferably one t — t 2

that starts with the planning stage and ® — ® 2

what to look for to develop more tricks.’ N N

The time to look for an endplay is when W E W

S

E

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you have a suit which you would prefer

that the opponents lead. There might be a ´ Q2 ´ Q92

two-way finesse (A-J-x opposite K-10-x), ™ AJ5 ™ AJ5

or a position such as A-x opposite Q-x t — t 6

which is worth two tricks if and only if the ® — ® —

player with the king has to lead the suit.

Here’s an example:

Whoever won the diamond must either You have trumps in both hands and the

play a heart, giving a certain three heart opponents on lead, but whoever wins the

´ K J 10 8 5 tricks, or must play a minor suit. If a diamond trick can simply play a club. You

™ K 10 4 minor suit is led, you gain a trick a can ruff that in the South hand, but without

t A2 different way: you can ruff in one hand the ruff-and-discard you haven’t gained

® KQ3 while discarding a heart from the other anything and still have to guess the location

N

(imaginatively known as a ‘ruff-and- of the queen of hearts. To avoid that, you

W E discard’), following which you ruff the need to ruff the two of clubs in hand before

S

third round of hearts in the other hand playing a diamond. Then there is nothing

´ AQ972 and make the rest of the tricks. they can do.

™ AJ5 The key on this hand was to take all the This process of getting rid of all the

t 63 club winners before playing a diamond. cards that would give the opponents a safe

® AJ4 Sometimes you have to work harder, as card to lead is called an ‘elimination’ and

can be seen by changing the layout can be hard work. Here’s a more compli-

slightly: cated example:

You play in 6´ on the lead of the tK. You

have five spade tricks, three club tricks, a

diamond and two hearts on top, and no ´ K J 10 5 3 ´ A J 10 9

source of extra tricks from ruffs. It looks as ™ K 10 4 ™ A3

if you have to guess who has the queen of t A2 t K 10 3

hearts to come to twelve tricks. However, ® K92 ® A652

this hand is tailor-made for an endplay as N

N

you would much rather the opponents lead W E W E

S S

hearts for you. You win the opening lead,

draw all the outstanding trumps, cash the ´ AQ9872 ´ KQ8752

three club winners and then concede the ™ AJ5 ™ 42

diamond trick. You have reached a position t 63 t A942

with five cards left where you have: ® A4 ® 3

• Trumps in both hands; In the same 6´ contract on the same tK You get to 6´ by South again. The key to

• The opponents on lead; and lead, it’s not enough to draw trumps and the hand is to see that the diamond suit is

• Any card they lead either gives cash the ace and king of clubs, because this again one that you would rather the

you a trick, or removes a guess. will be the position before the diamond is opponents played for you. In order to

played: ‘eliminate’ all the clubs you need to ruff

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