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Subj:     Bridge Challenge #25 (S530c)
          From Chapter 5 - "Dummy Play", page 56

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

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1.
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x x.........
K x.........
A K Q J 10 x
A x x.......
A K x x x
A x x
x x
x x x

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?
 

2.
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Q J 10 x x
K J.......
J x x.....
A x x.....
x x x
x x x
A K 10 9 x
K x

Against Three Spades, opponents lead the Ace, King, and a small trump.  No more trumps are out?
     A. How do you play the Diamonds?
     B. How do you play the Diamonds if the contract is Four Spades?
 

3.
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A x x x
A x x..
A x....
K x x x
x x x x
K x x
K x x x
A x

A Club is opened against Four Spades.  What card do you play from your hand, and from dummy, to trick two?
 

4.
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A K Q J x
x x x x..
J x x....
x........
x x
A K x
K Q 10 9 x x
x x

The Ace, then the King of Clubs are led against Four Spades.
     A. What card should declarer play to the second trick?
     B. What should declarer lead when he wins his first trick?
 

5.
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A K Q J x
A x x x x
Q x......
x........
10 x x
Q
A J
A x x x x x x

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;
C. trick four; D. trick five?
 

6.
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A K Q x x
x x......
A x......
Q 10 x x.
10 x
x x x
K Q J x x
A x x

The contract is Four Spades.  Opponents lead the three top Hearts.
     A. Should declarer ruff the third Heart?
     B. What card should declarer play when he wins his first trick?
 

Answers.

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.
 
 

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These are six 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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