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Should third hand hearts. Dummy plays the queen. How
always play high? should you defend? CAPTION
So, are there exceptions to the guidelines COMPETITION
associated with playing ‘third hand high’? Love All. Dealer North.
Generally speaking it depends on how good ´ K7
you are at working out logically what is ™ Q 10 9
going on. Consider the next two examples. t K J 10 9 7
In the first deal below West leads the three ® AQJ
of spades against South’s 3NT. How should ´ Q 10 5
you defend? N ™ K76432
W E t AQ
E/W Game. Dealer North.
´ 10 6 5 4
™ K Q J 10 West North East South
t AQ2 1t 1™ 2NT
® AQ Pass 3NT All Pass
How was I to know yours was
´ AQJ92 the winning card when I trumped it?
N ™ A65 What do you make of the eight of hearts
t 94 lead? One thing is absolutely certain: West THE winner of our April competition,
® 876 does not have the jack of hearts. He is only with the caption above, is Mick Morris
leading the suit because you bid it. of Chelmsford, Essex, who will receive a
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Perhaps partner has led a singleton in your our sponsors, Bridge and Golf Gifts
West North East South suit. In that case declarer has ™A-J-5 and Direct (see page 7). Other good captions
1™ 1´ 1NT he has three heart stoppers whatever you were: Fancy forgetting that a jump to 3´
Pass 2NT Pass 3NT do. However, if West has led from a after a reverse is Six-ace Blackwood
All Pass doubleton ™8-5, then declarer has: (Peter Hawkes, Radley); Negative Double
´ A62 ™AJ t86532 ®K83 (David Hughes, Redhill); Yes, I came top
in the Ladies Pairs. By the way, where did
Declarer has: In that case, provided you withhold you come in the Men’s Pairs? (Alan
´K87 ™742 tK75 ® K532 your king of hearts, declarer has only two Greenstein, Westcliffe-on-Sea); What
Playing the ace doesn’t allow you to heart stoppers. If you then continue with do you expect if you pass my forcing bid?
establish spades without giving declarer hearts whenever you gain the lead with a (George Pilcher, Deal); I’m waiting –
two tricks in the suit. diamond, you can establish your hearts who’s this queen of clubs you went to bed
Playing the nine allows declarer to win before declarer can make any diamond with? (John Shaw, Codnor Park); I did not
make a mistake – I took a wrong view!
trick one with the king, but you can cash tricks. (Lydia Stanford, Kingsway); and You're
four spade tricks when you win the ace of Rather than automatically play 'Third pathetic! The others are clean shaven and
hearts. Hand High', you should attempt to analyse play Benji (BJ Salmon, West Chiltington).
In the last deal West leads the eight of partner's lead. r The cartoon for our new competition
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