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The Oldie - - CONTENTS - An­drew Robson

Are you feel­ing in­spired as East on this month’s 3NT? Part­ner leads ♣ 5, dummy play­ing low and you win­ning ♣ K. What do you lead at trick two? (1) I much pre­fer Two No Trumps with this bal­anced hand – you would end up declar­ing Three No Trumps and I’d be sur­prised if the win­ning de­fence was found. The other rea­son why I wouldn’t open 2 ♠ is that I like to play Weak Twos – they hap­pen far more of­ten. (2) Neg­a­tive re­sponse to a Strong Two – up

to seven points. At the table, East wood­enly re­turned ♣ 2. De­clarer won dummy’s ♣ A and led ♥ Q. West won ♥ A and did the best he could, switch­ing to ♦ 8. How­ever, de­clarer played low from dummy and all East could do was win ♦ J and cash ♦ A. Four tricks to EastWest; nine to North-south: game made.

Say East, re­al­is­ing the fu­til­ity of con­tin­u­ing clubs into dummy’s ♣ A J, switches to ♦ Q, forc­ing out ♦ K. Bet­ter – but not good enough. After win­ning dummy’s

♥ Q that fol­lows with ♥ A, West leads over his sec­ond di­a­mond, but after scor­ing ♦ A J, de­clarer’s ♦ 10 wins the fourth round and again the game is made.

Have you spot­ted the win­ning de­fence now? East must switch to ♦ 3 at trick two – there’s no need to waste ♦ Q when it is part­ner who will be lead­ing the sec­ond di­a­mond. De­clarer wins ♦ 3 cheaply and leads a heart, but West wins ♥ A and leads his sec­ond di­a­mond through dummy, en­abling East to win ♦ A Q J. Five de­fen­sive tricks and down one. AN­DREW ROBSON

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