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four spades - unlikely). Even though they have not

actually bid spades yet, you can do a Law

calculation: there are 16 trumps, therefore 16 tricks,

therefore you should bid 3™ over 2´. You may as

well do that now. Bid 3™. This will have the effect of

feigning three cards in hearts. East (holding four

spades) may then think, 'Aha, they have nine hearts,

while we have eight spades. It's a 17-trick deal'. He'll

bid 3´ and 'break the Law'.

Feigning more cards than you have, to cause an

opponent to break the Law, is a common expert

ploy. If you're in need of a good result, try jumping

to 4™ on Auction B, trying to 'bounce' East into 4´.

East, who has not shown his spade support, may

stretch to 4´, thinking your side have ten hearts, so

that the total number of tricks is much higher than

it really is. Would you then double his 4´? I don't

think so. If East stretched to bid 4´ (and 4´ goes

down), you've earned yourself a great result,

whether doubled or undoubled. If East was always

planning to bid 4´ (whether you bounced him or

not), you have turned a normal result into a horrid

one (when 4´ doubled makes).

The bounce is not for the faint-hearted. Often,

the opponents will look bored and pass or, worse,

double. You will table your entirely inadequate

dummy to silent guffaws from the opponents and a

(barely hidden) wince from partner.

One layout proves little but look at this deal

featuring Auction B.

West's 2´ would make easily, winning five spades

plus three aces, although careful defence would

defeat 3´. The Law suggests that if spades makes

eight tricks, so does hearts. 3™ down one would be

a decent result, to stop West making his 2´.

However, as so often, it's easier to declare than

defend.

On a spade (or heart) lead, careful defence would

defeat 3™. Not unreasonably, West began with tA

and a second diamond. Winning the tK, declarer

led the ®Q. West ducked, and won the ®6 with the

®A. At trick five, West switched to the ´6. Declarer

rose with dummy's ´A (as he had to), then led back

the ´3.

The defence had no good option. If, after winning

the spade, they led the ™A and another to prevent

the spade ruff, declarer could win dummy's ™J and

cash tQ, discarding ´10. In practice, East won the

´Q and led a third diamond. Declarer ruffed high

and ruffed the ´10 with the ™J. East overruffed and

led a fourth diamond. Declarer ruffed high and

cashed his two last high hearts, pleased to see the

four remaining hearts split 2-2. Nine tricks made.

Tip: Use the Law of Total Tricks, particularly

at the three-level battleground. r

Love All. Dealer South.

´ A 3

™ J 4

t Q 5 3

® K J 5 4 3 2

´ K J 8 6 5 2 ´ Q 4

™ 7 2 ™ A 8 6

t A 10 t J 9 7 6 4 2

® A 9 7 ® 10 8

´ 10 9 7

™ K Q 10 9 5 3

t K 8

® Q 6

N

W E

S

West North East South

2™

2´ 3™1

1 16 trumps, therefore sixteen tricks. Either

2´ or 3™ must make.

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