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Subj:   Bridge Challenge #22 (S527c)
          From Chapter 2 - "Defence", page 28

From the book Card Play Technique 
              by Victor Mollo and Nico Gardener 
              Published in 1985 by 
              Faber and Faber 

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1.
(Dummy)
Q J 9 8
(You)
 K 10

The Queen is led.  Do you cover?

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2.
(Dummy)
Q J 9 8
(You)
 K 10 x

Same led.  Do you cover?

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3.
(Dummy)
Q J 4 2
(You)
 K 5

Same led.  Do you cover?

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4.
(Dummy)
A 6 5 3
(You)
 Q 9 2

South leads the Jack.  Do you cover?

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5.
(Dummy)
A J 6
(You) 
 K 10 8 2

Queen led.  Do you cover?

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6.
(Dummy)
J 10 2
 
 (You)
 Q 9 4

The Jack is led.  Do you cover?

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7.
(Dummy)
J 10 8
 
(You)
 Q 9

Same led.  Do you cover?

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8.
(Dummy)
A K 10 9 3
 (You) 
 Q J 5 2

South Declarer, leads the four.  What card do you play?
 

Answers.

1. Yes.  You may make a trick if declarer finesses against the ten next time.
If you don't cover, you cannot hope to make a trick at all.

2. No. Cover the second time, if declarer leads the Jack.  You cannot gain by playing the King the first time.

3. Yes.  You may promote partner's holding.  If you don't cover, you will probably have to play the King on the duce next time.

4. No.  There is only one case where you could gain by covering:  if declarer holding is K J x.  This play must be dismissed as being too remote.

5. Yes.  Covering will confine declarer to two tricks.  Not covering will enable him to make three.

6. Not the first time.  By playing low you will retain a tenace over the ten.  Wherever the Ace and King may be, you cannot gain by covering the first trick.

7. Yes.  This time, you must hope that declarer will finesse against the nine on the next round.  This may well happen if declarer has the King and partner the Ace.

8. Small.  If declarer intends to take the double finesse there is nothing you can do about it.  But he does not know the position and may play the King.  Don't help him to locate the cards.  Last but not least, there is obviously nothing to PROMOTE.
 
 

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These are eight examples from the book "Card Play Techniques".  Buy the book,
read it, and rereat it a dozen times.  It will improve your bridge game.

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