22 English Bridge August 2017 www.ebu.co.uk
laying pairs, East opens 3´. South overcalls
3NT and West passes. What call do you make
with North's cards?
The club finesse will give you your eleventh trick,
so the twelfth will have to come from a squeeze.
Start by cashing the ace of clubs to guard against a
singleton queen in the East hand, and then begin
the diamonds and you will discover that East has
four. On the second round of diamonds West
discards a club, and then a heart on the third round.
This is where you have got to before the final
diamond is cashed:
Heather's Hints by Heather Dhondy
Game All. Dealer East.
™ A Q 4 3 2
t Q J 10 4
® A K J 8
´ K Q 3 2
™ K 8 5
t A K 7 3
® 6 4
West North East South
Whilst it could be right to investigate a heart fit,
you have so much strength that you should have
enough for 6NT. Remember that when the
opposition pre-empt against you, suits may be
breaking badly and your trump suit can be your
downfall or there may be ruffs around. Since this is
pairs, you might also want to play for the extra 10
points in no trumps. Jump straight to 6NT which
becomes the final contract. You could be caught out
by East holding the ´A-K, but it's the percentage
West leads the ´9. How do you plan the play?
If hearts break, you have an easy twelve tricks,
however you should start by throwing a diamond
on this trick just in case you may need the clubs if
hearts don't break. East ducks and you win the
queen. You cash the ace of hearts and East throws a
spade. Well at least you are not in that suit!
™ Q 4 3 2
® K J 8
´ Q 3 2
™ K 8
® 6 N
Assuming that East began with a seven card spade
suit, you now know that West must have started
with a 2515 shape. On the fourth diamond he is
going to be in trouble since he is forced to let go of
his remaining spade in order to keep both hearts
and clubs guarded, and now the distribution is
confirmed. What do you discard from dummy?
The communication between the defensive hands
has now been severed, so you are in a position to
establish a long heart and there is now no way for
the defence to get to the ace of spades. Discard a
club from dummy and play on hearts.
The full deal is next. It would not have helped East
to win the first trick since this would have given you
two spade tricks, and a simple club finesse takes you
to twelve tricks. There is in fact no way to beat the
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