BRIDGE MAS­TER­CLASS

Daily Mail - - News - PETER DONO­VAN

PLAY­ING Pairs, you are West in 3NT and North leads ♥ 3, which South wins and plays back ♥ 2. Plan the play. AGAIn, there are nine cer­tain tricks once the

♦ A has been knocked out. nev­er­the­less, there are sure to be sev­eral mi­nus scores on the trav­eller, due to that ir­re­sistible urge to make an over­trick.

It should not be tempt­ing to take the heart fi­nesse, be­cause north’s lead marks him with the queen. If he is al­lowed to win it at Trick Two, he could then switch to a spade and, if the king is off­side, you will go down.

It is al­ways wrong to take a los­ing fi­nesse against the queen, when it is known to be off­side. You will re­mem­ber my other re­cent sim­i­lar ex­am­ple, when LhO leads low from Qxx to his part­ner’s bid suit, won by the ace and the suit re­turned. On that oc­ca­sion, you needed to play the king in or­der to block the suit.

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