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Subj:    Bridge Challenge #4 (S508c)
         From Chapter 4 - "How To Handle A Suit Contract", page 57

From the book Winning Declarer Play 
              by Dorothy Truscott 
              Published in 1969 by 
              Harper and Row
S - 8
H - K Q J 9
D - 7 5 2
C - K 7 4 3 2
S - A 9 5 4
H - 10 6
D - A Q J 10 9
C - J 8

S - K Q 10 6 3 2
H - A 4
D - 3
C - A Q 10 9

S - J 7
H - 8 7 5 3 2
D - K 8 6 4
C - 6 5

The contract is 6 Spades in the south and the opening lead is the king of hearts.

You have nine tricks and have to find three more tricks.

West leads the heart king against six spades.  South wins the first trick and cashes the king and queen of trumps.  West discards a club on the second spade.  How should declarer prodeed?

The correct play is to lead a diamond to the ace and continue with the diamond queen.  If East produces the king, South is on easy street.  He simply ruffs the king, gets back to dummy with a trump, and throws the heart loser on a good diamond.

If East plays a small diamond when the queen is led from dummy, South just throws away his losing heart.  He doesn't particularly mind if West wins this trick with the diamond king, because in this case the defense will never get a club trick.  South's three losing clubs will be discarded on the jack, ten, and nine of diamonds.

Thus, if declarer takes a ruffing finesse on this hand, the contract is assured.  However, if he takes a straight finesse and loses, the defense will cash a heart, and the contract will fail.


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.