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Hand of the week, week commencing, Sunday  20th May 2018

Plan your play in 3NT after ®2 is led

and how would it differ had the ®3 had been led instead.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dealer South Both Vul.

                                    ♠          K Q 10 6 3

                                             Q 8 3

                                             6 4

                                    ♣         A K 2

            ♠          9 8 7 2                                    ♠          A J

                     7 5 2                                                J 10 9

                     K Q 9 2                                            J 10 8 3

            ♣         9 8                                           ♣         7 6 5 4

                                    ♠          5 4

                                             A K 6 4

                                             A 7 5

                                    ♣         Q J 10 3

W

N

E

S

 

 

 

1NT

NO

2

NO

2

NO

3NT

NO

NO

NO

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The lead suggests that West has led from a four card suit so with 8 tricks in the bag(4 Clubs, 3 Hearts and 1 Diamond) you  need to find just one more.

Rather than relying on Hearts breaking 3-3 merely play a Spade at trick 2 and force out their Ace and they will probably cash 3 winning Diamonds and then you can take the rest.

If ®3 is led then this could be from a 5 card suit and you should hold up until the third round. Now test the Hearts to see if they are breaking 3-3 and if they are you now have your 9th trick. If the Hearts arenít breaking you still have the Spade option for your 9th trick.

 

You can also view  watch the following movie to see how the hand pans out. (You need bridgvu.exe programme  and it is available free from   http://www.haroldschogger.com/videos.html or BridgeBase programme on your machine already to view it )

 

alternatively watch the film www.haroldschogger.com/movies2.htm

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