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Layout 5 ´ Q J 7 4

´ K 3

South, playing in 3NT, leads the ´Q from the

dummy. Do you cover with the ´K? Why (or why

not)?

Answer: Yes, cover with the king. With only ´K-x

you have to take the opportunity while you can of

taking out two honours for one. If you don't cover

the ´Q, you may have to play your ´K on the ´4 on

the next round. No red-blooded bridge player likes

to play his honours 'on air'.

And finally . . .

Layout 6 ´ Q 8 6 3

´ K 9

South opens 3´ and plays in 4´. Dummy wins the

opening lead and South calls for the ´Q. Do you

cover with the ´K? Why (or why not)?

Answer: Certainly not! Play the ´9 smoothly and

quickly. Covering with the ´K is felo de se. South has

seven spades and is trying to hustle you into an

injudicious, revealing cover. As West has no spades

there can be nothing to promote, and promotion of

lower cards is the key to covering honours. How

could you promote a void?

You must play low with an innocent air and watch

as declarer attempts to drop West's singleton ´K.

Oops! r

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inished 5.5 points ahead of the ield.

The Surrey team of Jeffrey Allerton, Mike

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