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Playing a contract after

Heather’s Hints

the opponents have

opened 1NT

spades could be in either hand, but,

Love All. Dealer East. again from the point count, we know Heather Dhondy

♠52 that whoever has the king of spades does

♥964 not have the jack of diamonds – the

♦ K Q 10 9 maths tells us that. Having established all that, it is now just a

♣ J 10 9 7 Now let’s think about what luck we may question of timing.

need if our contract is to have any chance. Win the trump in hand and play a

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W E

We have already lost two tricks, and un- diamond to the ten. When East wins with

S doubtedly have the ace of diamonds to the ace, he will either have to give you an

come. This means that the king of spades extra entry to take the spade finesse twice

♠ AQJ764 will need to be with East for our contract by playing a spade or a diamond, or get off

♥ AQJ83 to have any chance. Therefore you should lead with the ace of clubs. If he chooses the

♦ 4 mentally place it there, and it follows from latter, you can ruff, cross to dummy by

♣ Q our calculations that you will place West drawing the last trump and take four

with the diamond jack. spade discards on the winners in dummy.

This is the position we have reached: You will then only need to take the spade

PLAYING teams, you arrive in 4♥ by finesse once.

South, after East has opened 1NT(12-14). This was the full deal:

West leads the six of clubs to East’s king. ♠ 52

East now returns a trump to your jack and ♥ 9

West’s king, and a trump is returned, East ♦ K Q 10 9 ♠ 52

following with the ten. How do you plan ♣ J 10 9 ♥ 964

the play? ♦ K Q 10 9

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When you end up playing the contract W E

♣ J 10 9 7

after the opponents have opened 1NT, it S ♠ 10 3 ♠ K98

is a good idea to work out the point ♥ K52

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♥ 10 7

range for each opponent. Here, there are ♠ AQJ764 ♦ J873 S ♦ A652

18 points missing, so West began with 4- ♥ Q83 ♣ 8632 ♣ AK54

6 points, of which we have now seen 3. ♦ 4 ♠ AQJ764

That leaves 1-3 points, which means that ♣ — ♥ AQJ83

both aces are with East. The king of ♦ 4

♣ Q

2008 LEDERER MEMORIAL TROPHY

THE 62nd Lederer invitational tournament,

Heather’s Hints

played at the Young Chelsea Bridge Club,

was won by the Gold Cup team (Alexander • If the opponents have shown a

Allfrey, Andrew Robson, Tony Forrester, narrow point-count range in the

David Bakhshi), ahead of Ireland (Tommy bidding (e.g. by opening 1NT),

Garvey, Adam Mesbur, Hugh McGann, Tom try to work out where the missing

Hanlon) and England (David Gold, Tom high cards are.

Townsend, Peter Crouch, Glyn Liggins).

Photo: Gordon Rainsford

The Play-with-the-Stars event for the

Teltscher Cup was won by Loulou van Geuns

• If you need a card to be well-

placed to make your contract,

and Kate Manners (Roehampton), scoring

up with the Gold Cup team, and Les and

assume it is, and carry it through,

Irene Hough (Roehampton), teamed with placing the remaining cards on

Gold and Townsend. that basis.

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