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22. Wednesday - Sept 1, 1999 : FRIENDLY GAME - 2

Dealer: East
Vul: N-S

North

K 10 8
A 7 6
A 5 4
A K 10 9

 

West

East

 









 

South

 

A Q J 6 3 2
10 4
K 6
J 3 2

 

South

West

North

East

 
 

 
2
3
4
4

 
Pass
Pass
Pass
Pass

 
3
4
4
6

2
Pass
Pass
Pass
End

Playing in a friendly home team game vul. vs not, sitting South, you are declarer in six spades.West leads the 9.Plan your play given the following information : (1) spades are 2-2; (2) if you decide to test diamonds, East has a singleton.

SOLUTION

Dealer: East
Vul: N-S

North

K 10 8
A 7 6
A 5 4
A K 10 9

 

West

East

 

9 5
9 8
Q J 10 9 8 7 3
7 6

7 4
K Q J 5 3 2
2
Q 8 5 4

 

South

 

A Q J 6 3 2
10 4
K 6
J 3 2

Playing in a friendly home team game vul. vs not, sitting South, you are declarer in six spades.West leads the 9.Plan your play given the following information : (1) spades are 2-2; (2) if you decide to test diamonds, East has a singleton.

Win the A, retaining the 10, draw trumps and test diamonds. Once you do that you can be pretty sure the RHO has 2-6-1-4 distribution. Now run off every trump, reducing to four cards.

East must save three clubs and one heart. Exit the 10 and take the last three club tricks.

It is important to retain the 10, a card you are known to hold. If you have squandered the 10 early and West started with 9-8, you won't be able to throw East in for the club play.

Also, this is not a hand to duck the opening lead to rectify the count for a squeeze. East can win the lead, and return a high heart, breaking up any possible club-heart squeeze.

Bridge Today, Sep-Oct 1992, Eddy Kantar, p. 25

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