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Subj:.....Other Bridge Challenges #2 (S546c)
          From Level 1 Hands

          From: Bridge Master 2000 
          in Audrey Grant's Better Bride Edition
          From the CD by Bridge Base Inc
          at bbi@bridg3base.com

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1. Hand M-54
 
. A 4
4 3 2
K 7 6 5 4
6 5 4
 
3 2
A K Q J 10
A 3 2
A 3 2

West leads the King of Spades and the contract is 4 Hearts.
Which line of play will give you the best chance of making
your contract?

Answer.

You can afford three losers.  You have one Spade loser, one Diamond loser and two Club losers - one too many.  Your only hope is that you can discard one of your losers on an extra winner.

You have eight Diamonds between the two hands and the opponents have five.  If they break 3-2, you can set up an extra Diamond winner.

Take the first trick with the Ace of Spades, then clear trumps.  After taking the Ace of Diamonds, lead a small Diamond, and play small from the board.  After regaining the lead you can lead your last Diamond to the board's King.  If the opponents diamonds broke 3-2, you can get two more Diamond tricks on the board.
 


 

2. Hand M-59
 
. A K
5 4 3
5 4 3
A 8 7 6 5
 
Q 4 3 2
A K 2
A K 2
4 3 2

West leads the Jack of Spades and the contract is 3 No Trump.
Which line of play will give you the best chance of making
your contract?

Answer.

You have three Spades, two Hearts, two Diamonds and one Club off the top.  To generate your ninth trick you need to work on Clubs, but you only have three entries to the board.  The first two times you get the lead, play a small club from both your hand and the board.  Save your Ace of Clubs for the third Club trick so that you still have an entry to the board. 
 


 

3. Hand M-75
 
. 4 3 2
A K 2
Q 6 5
5 4 3 2
 
A Q J
Q J 10 9 8
4 3 2
K 2

You loose three Diamond tricks and two Club tricks off the top.  When the third
Club trick is lead, you trump it in your hand.  Which line of play will give you the best chance of taking the rest of the tricks and making your contract.

Answer.

You are going to have to finesse Spades twice to make this contract.  After trumping the third Club trick, take one round of trumps in your hand.  Take the second round of trumps on the board.  Lead a small Spade and finesse it in your hand.  If it wins, lead a trump to the board, and finesse Spades again.  Clear trumps and lead your Ace of Spades.
 


 

4. Hand M-83
 
. A J 2
7 6 5 4
6 5 4
A K J
 
K 3
Q J 10 9 8
A 3 2
Q 10 9

West leads the King of Diamonds and the contract is four Hearts.
Which line of play will give you the best chance of making
your contract?

Answer.

You can afford to loose three tricks.  You have two Heart loosers, and two Diamond losers.  You must concentrate on trying to eliminate one of the Diamond losers.

The Jack of Spades in dummy gives you a chance.  If West has the Queen of Spades, you can take a finesse.  This creates an extra winner in dummy on which to discard a losing Diamond.

After winning the Ace of Diamonds, you can't afford to lose the lead and let the opponents win those two Diamonds.  Play the King of Spades first.  Now play the three of Spade and if West follows small, finesse with the Jack of Spades.  If it holds, lead the Ace of Spades and discard a diamond.
 


 

5. Hand M-85
 
. 5 4 3
A J
A 7 6 5 4
6 5 4
 
A K 2
4 3 2
Q 3 2
A K 3 2

West leads the ten of Hearts and the contract is 3 No Trump.
Which line of play will give you the best chance of making
your contract?

Answer.

You have two Spades, one Heart, one Diamond, and two Clubs for a total of six tricks.  You need to develope three more tricks.  The only hope is the Diamond suit.

You have to watch your entries when establishing the Diamonds.  You only have the Ace of Hearts and the Ace of Diamonds as entries to the dummy.  The lead of a Heart, uses up your Heart entry before you can establish the Diamonds.  Be careful to keep the Ace of Diamonds as an entry.

After winning the Ace of Hearts, lead a Diamond toward the Queen in your hand.  If East plays the King, you play a small card.  Then the next time you get the lead, you can play the Queen of Diamonds, the high card from the short side, then over to the Ace of Diamonds.  If the suit breaks 3-2, you are all set to make your contract.

If East does not play the King of Diamonds, you must be careful, but still play your Queen.  If it wins play a small Diamond from your hand and a small Diamond from dummy, giving up a trick.  The Diamonds are now established and you have the Ace as an entry.

You still must hope the opponents Hearts are divided 4-4 to make your contract.
 


 

6. Hand M-96
 
. 6 5 4 3
Q J 4
A J 4
7 6 5
 
J 2
A 3 2
K Q 3 2
A 4 3 2

West leads the King of Clubs and the contract is 1 No Trump.
Which line of play will give you the best chance of making
your contract?

Answer.

You need seven winners and start with one Heart, four Diamonds, and one Club.  Your extra trick can be developed in the Heart suit by using the Queen to drive out the opponent's King of Hearts there by promoting your Jack of Hearts to a trick.

After you win the Ace of Clubs, if you let the opponents take a trick with the King of Hearts, they are in a position to take all of their Spade and Club winners, of which they have more than enough to defeat your contract.  You must establish your extra Heart winner without giving up the lead.  This can be done if East has the King of Hearts.

Lead a small diamond to dummy's Ace.  Then lead the Queen of Hearts from dummy.  If East covers with the King of Hearts, win with the Ace.  Now dummy's Jack of Hearts will be the seventh trick.

If East plays a small Heart, play a small Heart from your hand.  When the finesse wins, you again have the seventh trick, so take them and run.
 
 

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These are six examples from the CD, "Bridge Master 2000".
Buy Audrey's CD, it will improve your bridge game.

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