guarantee four tricks in the suit, assuming you have
worked out the distribution correctly?
The answer is that you must not play the queen or
the ten. Instead you can duck the trick altogether.
Our declarer led the eight, and play low from
dummy when West followed with the five, since this
would have given him five club tricks if East had
begun with the singleton seven.
This was the full deal:
´ K 5
™ J 7 3 2
t 7 5
® A Q 10 6 2
´ 10 4 2 ´ Q 9 8 7 6 3
™ Void ™ A Q 9 4
t J 10 9 8 6 3 t Q 4
® K 9 7 5 ® J
´ A J
™ K 10 8 6 5
t A K 2
® 8 4 3
When the club lost to the jack, South knew that it
was a singleton, and holding two further entries to
hand, it was not a problem to finesse the king twice
and make the contract.
1. To overcall at the two level you need a good
suit, preferably a six-card suit, especially
vulnerable. Holding a mediocre five-card
suit in a decent hand, you should consider
overcalling 1NT instead, even if your suit is
hearts over 1´. As you can see from the
hand above, despite the nine-card fit, the
successful contract was 3NT (although 4™
should probably have been made also).
2. When deciding how to tackle a suit, stop to
gather all the clues. These might come from
the opponent's bidding, or lack of bidding.
Other clues might come from the opening
lead and the defence up to that point. Here
your clues about the club distribution came
from West's failure to open a pre-emptive
3t, and his failure to support his partner's
August 2015 English Bridge