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Daveís Column†††††††††† ††††† Here is Daveís first input on the play of the hand.


N†††††††††††† J8543†† †††††††††††††††† West††††††††† North†††††† East††††††††† South

W††† E††††††††† A1065††††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† 1NT†††††††† pass†††††††† 3NT

S††††††††††††† 97††††††††††††††††††††††††††all pass

††††††††††††††††††† K9†††††† †††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

A72††††††††† †††††††††††††††††††††††††††


A63††††††††††††† †††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††



You are East, defending 3NT, and lead the 4: low from dummy, 6 from West and the 10 from declarer. Declarer then plays the Q to dummyís A and leads the Q, 6, 3, K. What should you return?


Daveís Column answer
††††††††††††††† ††††† Board 17 from Wednesday 20th


Dealer:†††††††††††† KQ109†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Book Bidding

North†††††††††††††† Q94††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† West††††††††† North†††††††† East††††††††† South

Love all††††††††††† KQ2†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††† -††††††††††††††††1NT†††††††††† pass†††††††† 3NT

††††††††††††††††††††††† A73††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† all pass


6†††††††††††††††††††††††† N†††††††††††††† J8543††††††††††

KJ3††††††††††††††† W††† E††††††††††† A1065††††††††† East leads the 4: low from dummy, 6 from

J10854††††††††††††††† S††††††††††††††† 97††††††††††††††††West and the 10 from declarer.

8652††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† K9†††††††††††††† Declarer then plays the Q to dummyís A

A72††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††† and leads the Q, 6, 3, K.

872†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† What should East return?

A63††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††††



East should count tricks. North must have the KQ9 remaining as West did not play any of those cards at trick one. Therefore declarer has four tricks and presumably three tricks and also the A,K. Declarer would have taken the finesse if he needed it and would not have left the suit wide open when he could have crossed to the A in dummy.

East should switch to the 5. West will win and return the J and the defense gets four tricks and the K to defeat the contract.

Note that even if West had another , Eastís low switch denies interest in a continuation. A high instead would suggest weak ís and therefore invite a switch back to your original suit, ís.


And what happened at the Pattaya bridge club? 3NT+1 five times, 3NT-3 four times.





Daveís 2nd Column†††††††††††††††† Here is Daveís second input on the play of the hand.


N†††††††††††† AQ6†††† †††††††††††††††† West††††††††† North†††††† East††††††††† South

W††† E††††††††† AK106 ††††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††† 1†††††††††† pass

S††††††††††††† Q103†††††††††††††††††††††1NT†††††††††† pass†††††††† 2NT†††††††† pass

††††††††††††††††††† K106†††††††††††††††††††† 3NT†††††††††† all pass††

K92††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††††††††††††††††††††††

532†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† You are South, defending 3NT. North leads the 4, how do you††††

972†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† defend?††††††††††† ††††††††††



Daveís 2nd Column answer††††††††††††† Board 18 from Wednesday 20th††


Dealer:†††††††††††† J874†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Book bidding

East††††††††††††††††† 974†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† West††††††††† North†††††††† East††††††††††† South

N-S vul††††††††††† A85††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††† -†††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† 1†††††††††††† pass

††††††††††††††††††††††† 942††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 1NT†††††††††† pass†††††††††† 2NT ††††††††† pass

3NT ††††††††† all pass††††††††††††††††††††††††

1053†††††††††††††††††† N†††††††††††† AQ6†††††††††††††† ††††

QJ8††††††††††††††† W††† E††††††††† AK106†††††††††† North leads the 4 and dummy plays low.††

KJ64††††††††††††††††††S††††††††††††† Q103†††††††††††††How do you (South) defend?†††††

J53†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† K106††††††††††††

††††††††††††††††††††††† K92††††††††††††† †††††††††††††††††††††††


972†††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††

††††††††††††††††††††††† AQ87††††††††††††††††††††††††††††


As far a ís go, it could be right to insert the 9 if partner has underled the J,10. But considering the deal as a whole, you can afford to possibly give up a trick by inserting the K if you shift to a low and partner has a entry along with three ís. Partnerís return when he gains the lead with a will net your side three ís, a and a to defeat the contract. If you play the 9 at trick one and it loses, and declarer has four ís missing the A or K then declarer will have time to drive out partnerís honour and take at least nine tricks before you can get ís started.


And what happened at the Pattaya bridge club? 3NT+2, 3NT+1, 3NT= three times. 2NT+1 and 1NT+2 twice. So every declarer made at least 9 tricks and it looks like no South found the switch.



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