Bridge Challenge #29 (S541c)
From Chapter 9 - "Dummy Play", page 129
From the book Card Play Technique
by Victor Mollo and Nico Gardener
Published in 1985 by
Faber and Faber
leads a small Spade against Three No-Trumps by West.
the Ace of Spades.
K x x......
A K Q 10...
A K x x x x
J 10 9
A K Q x x x x
any defense or distribution defeat the contract?
tricks will declarer win in his hand, and
which tricks will he win in dummy?
2. North leads
a small Club against West's Three No-Trumps.
the King on dummy's nine.
K J 10 8 2
A K 9 5...
J 10 9 8 7
6 4 3 2
Q 10 9
that neither defender has a void or singleton
in any suit, can declarer make certain of his contract?
what order should declarer play the first six cards
from his hand?
3. North opens
the five of Hearts against West's Three No-Trumps.
9 7 6 4
A K x x
A Q x..
K J x
x x x x
K x x x
card should declarer play from dummy
to the first trick?
can declarer infer about South's holding in Hearts?
A Q x x.....
A K x.......
Q 10 x x x x
x x x
K Q J 10 9 x
North leads the Queen of Hearts
against Three No-Trumps by West
card should declarer play from his hand
to the first trick?
card should he play when he takes the lead?
what will the contract depend?
A K x..
Q J x..
A Q 9 x
K Q x..
x x x
A K x
K 8 x x
A J x
After a Three Spades opening from
North, East-West reached
Six No-Trumps. How should
declarer play the Diamonds?
6. The contract
and the East-West hands are as in #5, But
South who opened the bidding with Three Spades.
declarer play the diamonds?
1B. In his own hand, three top
Hearts and two top Clubs. In dummy, one Spade and three top Diamonds.
The point of the hand is to create
an entry to dummy's Diamonds by throwing the King of Spades on the Ace
at the first trick.
2B. After the Ace of Clubs, declarer
lays down the Ace and King of Spades, then the two top Diamonds, followed
by the nine. The object is to create an entry to dummy with the six
of Diamonds. Two entries are required - to drive out the Queen of
Spades and then to reach the two good Spades. The Clubs provide one
entry. The six of Diamonds will be the other.
3A. The Ace.
3B. North would not have led a
small card from a suit headed by: KQJ; KQ10; QJ10; or KJ10. Therefore,
South must have two bare honors. If North has five Hearts
- which alone can worry declarer - South holds two bare honors, and the
play of the Ace from dummy to the first trick will block the suit.
4A. The King. Declarer cannot
afford a HOLD-Up, for he may lose three clubs, as well as the Ace of Diamonds.
4B. A small Spade.
4C. The finesse against the Jack
of Spades. Declarer needs two entries to dummy - to drive out the
Ace of Diamonds, and then to get at the suit after it has been established.
His only hope of reaching the table twice is to find North with the Jack
5. The King first. If North
shows out, declarer can still catch South's J 10. If North follows
with the Jack or ten, the Ace is layed down to clarify the position.
There is no certain way of making all four Diamonds, because North may
have a singleton x, which reveals nothing. But declarer must realize
from the bidding that North is likely to be short in Diamonds and may have
a void or singleton.
6. The Ace first. This time
South is likely to be short in Diamonds, but declarer can still make four
tricks in the suit if South has a singleton Jack or ten. Nothing
can be done against J 10 x x (x) in North's hand.
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.