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You cover the tJ with dummy's queen, hoping

West has led from tA-J-10-x-x. Nope, not today.

East takes his ace and returns the suit. The hand

now appears to be hopeless, but you have to keep

playing.

You duck the second trick and take the third

round of diamonds, East pitching a heart. With

nothing better to do you lead the ´10 and, to your

surprise, it wins! You play another spade and a

disgruntled East takes the King before exiting with a

heart. So East has the ´A K and West has no easy

entry. Phew! Heartened (no pun intended) by the

way the hand is going, you take the heart switch on

table and play another spade, East taking his Ace

while West shows out.

East exits with his last spade and you now have

two spades, three hearts, one diamond and two

clubs - a total of eight tricks. Just the club finesse

needed to land a highly fortunate contract. Hold

your horses! Can East have the ®Q? He passed as

dealer and has turned up with ace-king-ace.

Possession of the ®Q would make an opening bid

mandatory; the club finesse must be doomed.

There is no point whatever in taking a zero per

cent finesse. Crossing your fingers you cash the

remaining hearts and play off the ®A K. To your joy

and pleasure West reluctantly contributes the queen

on the second round of clubs, allowing your jack to

score the decisive ninth trick. The full deal:

'That was lucky', says East, sourly. Yes, it was. Very

lucky. However, what's the use of luck if you

don't make the best of it? When Lady Luck walks

past your door you must embrace her and invite

her in. r

´ 10 9 2

™ K Q 5

t K Q 3

® K 8 7 2

´ Q J 4 3

™ A J 3

t 8 7 2

® A J 4

N

W E

S

Hand 2. South

plays in 3NT. West

leads the tJ.

´ 10 9 2

™ K Q 5

t K Q 3

® K 8 7 2

´ 8 5 ´ A K 7 6

™ 7 6 4 2 ™ 10 9 8

t J 10 9 6 5 t A 4

® Q 5 ® 10 9 6 3

´ Q J 4 3

™ A J 3

t 8 7 2

® A J 4

N

W E

S

Have you got it?

Check out Paul's quiz online, page 69

West North East South

Pass 1NT

Pass 3NT All Pass

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