Bridge Challenge #25 (S530c)
From Chapter 5 - "Dummy Play", page 56
From the book Card Play Technique
A trump is opened against Six Diamonds.
After drawing trumps, which card will you play from your hand? What
card will you play from dummy?
Against Three Spades, opponents
lead the Ace, King, and a small trump. No more trumps are out?
A Club is opened against Four Spades.
What card do you play from your hand, and from dummy, to trick two?
The Ace, then the King of Clubs
are led against Four Spades.
A Heart is opened against Six Spades
by West. South plays the King and West wins. What cards should
declarer play to: A. trick two; B. trick three;
The contract is Four Spades.
Opponents lead the three top Hearts.
1. A small Spade from both hands. To dispose of the Club losers you must set up a long Spade. One ruff will not do it, unless the Spades break 3-3. By ducking once, you can establish that Spade x against a 4-2 break.
2A. The Ace, the King, then a small Diamond. You can afford to lose to the Queen, if she is with North. He can do no harm. But you must try to keep out South, because a Heart through K J could wreck the contract. Playing off the top Diamonds succeeds, also, when South holds a doubleton Queen.
2B. This time, play off the Ace - in case East has a singleton Queen - and finesse on the next round. In Four Spades, you cannot afford to lose a Diamond and must give yourself the best chance to catch the Queen.
3. A small trump from both hands. You will win the next trick, lay down the Ace of trumps and cross-ruff the hand. So long as the trumps break 3-2, the contract is unbeatable. Ducking a Spade ensures that you will remain in control, after you have drawn two rounds of trumps. Only the best trump will then be out and an over-ruffwill not hurt.
4A. A trump. If he discards a heart, he may find a 3-1 Diamond break, in which case he may lose four tricks - two clubs, the Ace of Diamonds and a ruff.
4B. A Diamond. Now a ruff will not matter, because the defender who is short of Diamonds will not be able to put his partner in to give him a second ruff. If declarer draws trumps prematurely, and finds a 4-2 break, he will lose control. The defense will come in with the Ace of Diamonds and continue with Clubs.
5A. A Club to the Ace.
5B. A small Club, ruffing high.
5C. A Diamond to the Ace.
5D. Another small Club, ruffing high.
Declarer must retain a small trump in his hand. Then he can draw trumps ending in dummy. The contract is made so long as both black suits break 3-2.
6A. Yes. He cannot afford to discard a loser, because the defense is likely to collect another trick - it would be their fourth - in trumps.
6B. A small trump towards dummy's
ten. This takes care of the probable 4-2 trump break. Another
Heart will not matter, because dealer can ruff it in dummy.
These are six examples from the
book "Card Play Techniques". Buy the book,