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Subj:    Bridge Challenge #3 (S507c)
From Chapter 4 - "How To Handle A Suit Contract", page 54

From the book Winning Declarer Play
by Dorothy Truscott
Published in 1969 by
Harper and Row

 West S - 6 4 2 H - 10 4 D - K 9 6 5 C - Q J 10 9 North S - 8 7 H - K 5 D - Q 10 7 3 2 C - K 7 6 3 South S - A K Q J 9 H - A Q 8 3 2 D - 8 4 C - 2 East S - 10 5 3 H - J 9 7 6 D - A J C - A 8 5 4

The contract is 4 Spades in the south and the opening lead is the queen of clubs.

You have eight tricks and have to find a ninth trick.

Here is another situation where declarer should not draw trumps until he has taken care of another matter.  In this case, the "other matter" is the establishment of declarer's second suit.

Notice that if declarer does draw trumps first he will lose a heart trick in addition to three tricks in the minor suit.

West leads the club queen, which holds the trick, and continues with a second club, which declarer ruffs.  Declarer doesn't know at this point that the missing hearts are not divided 3-3.  However, he should immediately cash the king and ace of hearts, then lead a small heart and ruff it in dummy.  If it
turns out that the hearts were divided 3-3 all the time, no harm has been done.  He simply draws trump and makes ten tricks.  If the hearts were 4-2, he has to hope that the fellow with only two hearts doesn't have the spade ten.  Fortunately this is the case, and once declarer has ruffed the low heart in dummy, he can draw trumps, cash the rest of his hearts, and make four spades.

Yes, it's true that if the opponent with the doubleton heart happened to have the spade ten, declarer would have been down.  But in that case nothing could have saved him.  He would be down however he played.  It is also true that if one opponent had a singleton or void in hearts, he would ruff the ace or king, sinking declarer's ship immediately.  But again it wouldn't matter.  If the hearts break 5-1 or 6-0, declarer is doomed whatever he does.

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This is one example from Dorthy Truscott's book "Winning Declarer Play."  Buy the book, read it, and rereat it a dozen times.  I guarantee it will improve your bridge game.

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