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


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

A63††††††††††††† 1087†††††††††††††††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††††† -††††††††††††††††1NT†††††††† pass

QJ††††††††††††††† A72††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 2NT†††††††††††† pass†††††††††† 3NT†††††††† all pass

J6432††††††††††† AK††††††††††††

654††††††††††††† AJ1093

††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††† †††††††††††††

You are East, declarer in 3NT. South leads a 4th best 4 and dummyís Q wins, North playing a discouraging 5. The suit is a better source of tricks than ís so declarer leads a from dummy to his J and it wins, South playing the 7.

How does declarer get to dummy to take another finesse?

Daveís Column answer††††††††††† ††††††††† Board 14 from Wednesday 10th†††


Dealer:†††††††††††† KQ752†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Book bidding

East††††††††††††††††† 965†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† West††† ††††† North†††††††† East††††††††††† South

Love all††††††††††† 9†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††††-†††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† 1NT†††††††††† pass

††††††††††††††††††††††† KQ82††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 2NT†††††††††† pass†††††††††† 3NT†††††††††† all pass


A63††††††††††††††††††† N†††††††††††† 1087†††††††††††††† You are East. South leads a 4th best 4 and

QJ††††††††††††††††† W††† E††††††††† A72††††††††††††††† dummyís Q wins, North playing a discouraging

J6432††††††††††††††††† S††††††††††††† AK††††††††††††††††5. The suit is a better source of tricks than

654††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† AJ1093††††††††† ís so declarer leads a from dummy to his J

††††††††††††††††††††††† J9†††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††† and it wins, South playing the 7.

K10843††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† How does declarer get to dummy to take another

Q10875††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††† finesse?

7††††††††††††††††† †††††††††††


The answer is that declarer does not go to dummy, he leads the 10 from his hand. He is missing the K,Q so he has one loser for sure. By keeping his entries to dummy intact (to say nothing of exposing the hand to the suit) declarer can give up a trick before squandering his only entry to dummy.

What will happen is that North will win a trick but declarer can later go to dummy to take the proven finesse.


And what happened at the Pattaya bridge club? A very mixed bag: 3NT*-3, 3NT-5, 3NT-1, 3(N)=, 3(N)*-2, 3-2, 3=, 1NT+2 and 1NT+1. So the board was played ten times and nobody bid and made 3NT.




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


N†††††††††††††††† KJ8††††††††††††††††††††† West††††††† North†††††† East††††††††† South

W††† E††††††††††† 109†††††††††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††† 1†††††

††† S††††††††††††††††† J1093††††††††† ††††††††pass†††††††† 1NT†††††††† pass†††††††† 2NT

††††††††††††††††††††††† K732†††††††††††††††††† pass†††††††† 3NT†††††††† all pass

A7542††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††† †††††††††††††

KQ5†††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††




You are East, defending 3NT, and lead an obvious J, dummy plays the A and partner discourages. Next comes the A and a , partner playing the J and 10 (standard count), declarer the 5 and Q. What are you going to do?

Daveís 2nd Column answer††††††††††††† Board 15 from Wednesday 10th


Dealer:†††††††††††† Q††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Book Bidding

South†††††††††††††† 6432†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† West††††††††† North†††††††† East††††††††††† South

N-S vul††††††††††† KQ4†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††††-†††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† 1

††††††††††††††††††††††† Q9865†††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† pass†††††††††† 1NT†††††††††† pass†††††††††† 2NT

pass†††††††††† 3NT†††††††††† all pass

10963†††††††††††††††† N†††††††††††† KJ8†††††††††††††††††††††

AJ87††††††††††††† W††† E††††††††† 109†††††††††††††††† You are East and lead an obvious J, dummy†††

762†††††††††††††††††††† S††††††††††††† J1093†††††††††††††plays the A and partner discourages. Next

J10†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† K732†††††††††††† comes the A and a , partner playing the J

A7542††††††† ††††††††††††† ††††††††††† and 10 (standard count), declarer the 5 and Q.

KQ5†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††† What are you going to do?

A85††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††††



From partnerís discouraging at trick one you should know that declarer has the KQ, so three tricks. From the play of the ís declarer must have Q9865, so a total of four tricks after you win the K. With the A in dummy it canít be right to switch to a no matter how good partnerís ís are Ė you will be establishing declarerís 9th trick. You must switch to a and play partner for four ís. And just in case declarerís hoped-for singleton is the Q you should play the K after winning the K. Also, it would be unwise to duck the K as on the next partner may discard a from 109xx which happens to be the setting trick.


And what happened at the Pattaya bridge club? 3NT= four times, 3NT-1 twice, 3NT-2 twice, 3NT-3 and 4-2.



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