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52. Friday - October 1, 1999 : The Ugly

Dealer: North
Vul: E-W

North

7
10 5 4
K Q 10 8 6 5 4
Q 10

 

West

East

 





A Q 10 5 2
K 8 6 2
-
J 7 6 3

 

South

 





 

South

West

North

East

 
 

 
3NT

 
Double

3
End

Double
 

Your partner leads the A. Your methods are: Ace asks for reverse attitude, king asks for unblock or reverse count. The sneaky South plays the Q from dummy. What is your play?

SOLUTION

Dealer: North
Vul: E-W

North

7
10 5 4
K Q 10 8 6 5 4
Q 10

 

West

East

 

9 4
J 7 3
9 7 3
A K 9 8 5

A Q 10 5 2
K 8 6 2
-
J 7 6 3

 

South

 

K J 8 6 3
A Q 9
A J 2
4 2

Your partner leads the A. Your methods are: Ace asks for reverse attitude, king asks for unblock or reverse count. The sneaky South plays the Q from dummy. What is your play?

What's going on? Your partner cannont see the J and may think it is with declarer. You know that in the unlikely event that partner has led an unsupported ace, declarer has either thrown away one of his tricks or has the king doubleton. You must therefore play a clear card, either the three, which encourages, or the jack, which will lose only when declarer has has the nine along with at least two or more clubs. Maybe when your partner doubles, he has a good lead.

Anyway, if you decide to discourage with the seven or even more drastically play the six to await developments, you can chalk up -950.

Bridge Today, Nov-Dec 1993, p. 33 Barnet Shenkin

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