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his article continues the topic of counting

the opponents' points to help you locate

missing honours. Here's a simple example of

the theme.

switches to the t3 and the opponents take three

rounds of the suit'. At the table, many declarers

would woodenly follow suit taking little heed of the

cards East West played on these three tricks. To be

fair to you in this article, though, I will tell you that

East started with tA-x-x.

When you ruff the second round of hearts at trick

five you play off the ´A-K and all follow (so that's

one hurdle negotiated - trumps split). When you

play a third round, West takes that with the Jack,

East having started with ´Q-x. Another heart

follows, and you ruff in hand. So, the key question -

where is the ®Q?

Count the points. East clearly started life with the

™A-K; he has shown up with the ´Q and tA.

Possession of the ®Q would take his points total to

15 - that's too many for a weak no-trump. So you

lead the ®A and take the club finesse through West,

expecting the full deal to be this:

´ 10 3

™ Q J 6 5 3

t 9 7 5

® K 10 5

´ A K 9 6 5 2

™ 4

t J 10 8

® A J 7

N

W E

S

Hand 1. South

plays in 2´. West

leads the ™10.

You play in a mundane part score, reached after

the following auction:

´ 10 3

™ Q J 6 5 3

t 9 7 5

® K 10 5

´ J 7 4 ´ Q 8

™ 10 9 8 ™ A K 7 2

t K Q 4 2 t A 6 3

® Q 8 3 ® 9 6 4 2

´ A K 9 6 5 2

™ 4

t J 10 8

® A J 7

N

W E

S

The more of this type of deal you play the easier

it becomes. Counting your opponents' points

should become second nature and it may enable

you to land contracts such as the following deal. The

bidding is unspectacular; the opening lead (the tJ)

not particularly welcome:

The Gentle Art of Counting - 2

Basic Cardplay by Paul Bowyer

click

link

West North East South

1NT1 2´

All Pass

1 12-14

West leads the ™10, covered by the jack in dummy

and won by East's king. You see you have three

diamond losers, one heart loser and at least one

spade loser. For 2´ to make, therefore, you need a 32

trump break and to locate the ®Q. So, once again

it's a Find the Lady hand. Who is protecting the

queen of clubs?

After taking the ™K East switches to the t3 and

the opponents take three rounds of the suit, ending

in the West hand. That player then leads the ™9.

Now what?

Well, it's all too easy to fall asleep as the

opponents are cashing easy winners and I have

deliberately obscured matters with the phrase 'East

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