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dummy holding two small. When RHO Sometimes, something a little more

plays the jack, the king is the best card with dramatic may be required. Here, South (v) ♠ A 3 2 (vi) ♠ A K 4 3 2

which to win from a holding of ace-king- plays 3NT on the lead of the ten of clubs W

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queen. Few defenders will believe that to East's ace. It is clear that the defence can S S

declarer would win the ace if that was his come to at least three club tricks plus two ♠ Q J 10 9 8 ♠ J 10

only stopper, so that would be a poor aces. Is there any hope?

choice, virtually marking him with the king If South follows with an unthinking six

also, while winning with the queen tells the of clubs under the ace there is no reason at If declarer has combination (v), the South

opening leader where all three top cards are all to imagine that East will do anything hand being concealed, he may want the

placed. Winning with the king tells LHO other than return his partner's suit, and defence to play its king early to ease his

where the ace is, but leaves open all sorts of down will go the contract. But what if communication problems. West is highly

possibilities in the mind of RHO. declarer drops the king under the ace – unlikely to play the king on the lead of the

after all, he doesn't need a club trick. Will eight or nine, but may be tempted to do so

not East imagine that declarer has the king if declarer leads the queen.

♠ 7632 and queen of clubs and, with dummy In example (vi), dummy may have no

♥ J98 holding the jack, has two stoppers? A outside entry to the spade winners. If de-

♦ K54 spade switch may look very tempting, as clarer leads the jack on the first round, West

♣ 853 the suit will not have been bid. If East falls may well cover and the suit will be blocked;

♠ KQ ♠ AJ84 for it, declarer wins a spade trick, knocks declarer can win but then have only two

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♥ 10 5 4 out the diamond ace and has nine tricks. winners, or duck and hope for four tricks, if

♦ J 10 9 8 S ♦ 7 Another idea which is pretty well esta- the defence have not taken too many tricks

♣ AK6 ♣ J9742 blished is that declarer should generally before he regains the lead. West should

♠ 10 9 5 lead the highest card he can afford if he probably get it right most of the time, but

♥ AKQ wants to attract a cover from the next leading the ten may slip past him. Declarer

♦ AQ632 defender, the lowest card if he wants the can run this then lead the jack to the ace and

♣ Q 10 next defender to duck. try to run the whole suit.

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