48 English Bridge August 2017 www.ebu.co.uk
a quick count of your tricks shows only eight top
tricks (two spades, two hearts, three diamonds and
one club). You should also note that diamonds are
blocked, and dummy has only one entry outside
diamonds. You could hope that the tJ falls in two
or three rounds, and fall back on the club finesse if
an opponent has tJ-x-x-x-(x), but there is a way to
guarantee nine winners.
Dummy's t10-9-8 are very powerful, so you
should plan to cash tA, then overtake tQ with the
tK before using the t10 to force out the tJ to
ensure four diamond winners.
What do you play on the first trick? You need
to win the first trick with the ´A (even though you
could win with the ´J), otherwise dummy's ´K is
not an entry. Then you force four diamond winners
as described to guarantee the contract.
There are nine top tricks (six spades, two hearts
and a diamond). Two extra tricks can be made by
trumping hearts in the dummy (short trump hand)
and an extra trick could be made in diamonds by
leading towards the tQ if East held the tK. Are
there any other chances?
You try dummy's ™J, but East covers with the ™Q.
You can assume that West does not hold the ®A-K
(he would lead ®A). As long as East has at least one
of the ®A-K, you can guarantee the extra trick you
need for your contract. Draw trumps in two rounds
ending in dummy, then lead the ®Q. If East plays
low, you throw the t2 and West wins the ®K. On
regaining the lead play the ®J from dummy. If East
plays the ®A, you trump and the ®10 is a winner. If
East plays low, then you throw the t6. If East plays
the ®A on the first round you must trump it, cross
to dummy and lead the ®J, again throwing the t2
to ensure an extra winner with the ®10.
Heffalump Traps by David Bakhshi
´ K 5
™ 8 7 4 3
t K 10 9 8 5
® 6 2
´ Q 10 8 4 3 ´ 9 7 6 2
™ J 2 ™ Q 10 9 6
t 6 3 t J 7 4 2
® K 10 7 4 ® J
´ A J
™ A K 5
t A Q
® A Q 9 8 5 3
´ K Q 8 4
™ J 5
t A 8 3
® Q J 10 4
´ 7 ´ 10 2
™ 10 9 8 4 ™ Q 6 2
t K J 5 t 10 9 7 4
® K 9 7 5 3 ® A 8 6 2
´ A J 9 6 5 3
™ A K 7 3
t Q 6 2
® - N
The contract is 6´. West leads the ™10, covered
by the ™J and ™Q. How do you plan your play?
You are in your stride and have bid the first slam
of the evening. When the hand goes down you think
there is a chance the opposition next door will have
stopped at game. Winning this could be a real coup.
Now don't blow it!
The contract is 3NT. West leads the ´4 and East
plays the ´9. How do you plan your play?
You have an abundance of points and at first sight
you wonder whether you've missed something. But