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Play a slam with me
Seniors World Champion Gunnar Hallberg
shares his expertise
Gunnar Hallberg Here you count to twelve tricks – a good You ruff another spade in hand, go back
start. Where to find a thirteenth trick? to dummy with a heart to the ace in order
The possibilities are: to lead dummy’s last spade and ruff it with
your last trump, then you re-enter dummy
YOU have reached 7t as South and West 1. Heart finesse. with a club to the jack to reach this ending:
leads the king of spades. Plan the play. 2. Trumps 2-2 (draw trumps, discard
heart losers on your clubs, and ruff a
heart in dummy). ´ —
´ AJ632 3. Spades 4-3 (ruff spades good). ™ Q4
™ AQ4 4. Something else might develop. t 5
t QJ5 ® 6
® J6 An experienced player knows that if you
approach your tasks in the right order, N
N W E
something good and unexpected may come S
S your way. That is what happened to me on
this deal. ´ —
´ 4 Looking at the possibilities for develop- ™ 8
™ 87 ing a thirteenth trick, where to begin? You t —
t A K 10 9 7 6 are in dummy after winning the first trick ® AKQ
® AKQ5 with the ace of spades. If you want to set up
a spade trick, you’d better start now before
you run out of entries, so you try that line Not without excitement, you draw the last
Being 26 years old and suffering from first. Spade ruff, both follow; a trump to trump with that beautiful five of diamonds!
hubris, I had no problem reaching 7t, dummy’s queen – West plays the eight, East Discarding the heart eight leaves you with
after partner opened 1NT (15-17). The the four. Another spade ruff, this time with nothing but winners in your own hand.
bidding hadn’t been very scientific, so I the ace of trumps, East throwing a heart. As East turned out to hold the king of
was lucky to find a very useful dummy. Big or small, ignore it – the point is that hearts and only three clubs, no other line
Before playing from dummy, spend some spades are 5-2! Another trump to dummy’s would therefore have worked.
time counting your tricks and form a plan. jack reveals that the eight was West’s only West, who led a ‘safe’ king of spades
Many a contract has gone down, and many diamond. At this point, you should see the from ´K-Q-10-9-7 was unfortunate to
a pound has been lost at rubber bridge, by significance of that eight of diamonds: East find that any other suit would have beaten
not sticking to this habit. started with t4-3-2! the grand slam! r
BRIDGE FOR CHARITY
PETER THOMPSON 1929 – 2010
MARIE Curie Cancer Care invites you
Peter thomPson died last march, following a long period to sign up for the Marie Curie Cancer
of being unwell. he was a co-founder of tewkesbury Bridge Care Bridge Tournament 2010 – 2011.
Club nearly fifty years ago, and during that time had been Money raised from the tournament will
treasurer, scorer, secretary, Chairman, Chief tournament help fund essential home nursing care for
Director and finally President. he had also been an active mem- terminally ill patients.
ber of Cheltenham Bridge Club and virtually single-handedly The tournament takes place between
formed the Gloucestershire teams-of-Four League in 1977; October 2010 and March 2011 and
there are now over forty teams playing in five divisions. Peter also started the U3A welcomes entrants from across the UK. It
is open to players of any standard and
group in tewkesbury in 1993, which now plays twice a week.
focuses on Chicago and Rubber bridge.
Peter received the Dimmie Fleming Award in 2007 in recognition of his services
See www.mariecurie.org.uk/Bridge or call
to bridge over many years. Philippa Cannon ( 01371 876730.
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