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August 2017 English Bridge

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You are declarer in 3NT, and West leads the ™8.

How would you plan to make your contract?

You wonder why, having made a measly 1NT

response you have ended up having to play the

hand. Never mind - it shouldn't be so tough to

Hand 3

´ Q J 7 4

™ A Q 6

t A Q 7 3

® A 8

´ K 6 ´ A 10 9 3 2

™ 9 8 7 3 ™ 10 4 2

t J 10 6 2 t -

® Q 5 4 ® K 10 7 6 3

´ 8 5

™ K J 5

t K 9 8 5 4

® J 9 2

Hand 4

´ 8 6 3

™ A 5

t 10 8 4

® A K J 7 2

´ K Q 4 ´ J 10 7 2

™ 2 ™ J 10 9 4

t K J 9 3 t Q 7 6 2

® 10 8 6 4 3 ® 9

´ A 9 5

™ K Q 8 7 6 3

t A 5

® Q 5

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W E

S

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W E

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make should it? It never hurts to take a few

moments at the first trick so that you can look out

for any pitfalls.

There are seven top tricks (three hearts, three

diamonds and one club). Two extra tricks can be

made through the length in diamonds if they split

2-2, or even 3-1, so you only have a problem if they

split 4-0. Since the tJ and t10 are both missing,

you will be unable to win five diamond tricks if East

has four diamonds, but it is possible if West has tJ10-6-2.

This will require two finesses through West,

so you also have to be careful about managing

entries to your hand. You should win trick one with

the ™A, then lead the t3 to the tK. When East

discards, you can lead the t4 and just cover West's

card. Cross back to the ™J in your hand and lead the

t5, again covering West's card. Now you can cash

the tA and cross back to the ™K to cash the t9 for

the eighth trick, with the ®A still to play.

The contract is 4™. West leads the ´K. On the

second round of trumps West shows out. What's

your plan?

Oops! You might have missed a slam - if the

hearts break 3-2 the clubs will give you at least two

discards - if they split 3-3 there will be three

discards and a grand slam.

Best therefore to hope that hearts do not split

kindly! There are eight top tricks (one spade, three

hearts, one diamond and three clubs). Extra tricks

can be made through length in hearts and possibly

also in clubs. There will be no problem if trumps

split 3-2. Start by winning the ´A and leading the

™3 to the ™A followed by the ™5 to the ™Q. West

shows out.

What now? When West discards, you could cash

the ™K, and leave the ™J outstanding, switching to

clubs and hoping to discard some losers on

dummy's clubs. However, if East has only one club,

he can trump the second round of clubs then switch

back to spades. You will now be stranded from

dummy and would lose two spades, the ™J, and one

diamond.

You can avoid any risks by simply losing to the ™J

upon discovering the bad split, and before playing

any clubs. East wins the ™J and the defence cash two

spade tricks, but you can win any return and discard

the t5 on a winning club to make the game. Bad

luck to those that bid slam! r

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