Daily Bridge Tip 49

Assuming you win the first trick with ♦ A the critical play comes at trick 2.

You need to make four club tricks but have only two entries to dummy.

You won’t have a problem if clubs break 3-2 but what if they break 4-1? This is quite likely given West’s overcall.

If you draw trumps immediately ending in dummy you won’t be able to pick up the club suit if East has ♣ Kxxx

Leading ♣ Q at trick 2 doesn’t work either because East won’t cover and you can’t play another club before trumps are drawn in case West can ruff the second club.

The answer is to LEAD A SMALL CLUB AT TRICK 2 and finesse.

You then draw trumps ending in dummy and play ♣ Q in order to pick up East’s suit.

WHEN DUMMY IS SHORT OF ENTRIES THINK CAREFULLY HOW YOU INTEND TO USE THOSE ENTRIES.

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Margaret Anne
Margaret Anne
2 months ago

Will miss your Daily Bridge Tips Alan. So helpful. Thank you so much for providing them for us. Much appreciated. Margaret Anne

Kate Aggett
Kate Aggett
2 months ago

Hi Alan
Sad to hear tomorrow will be your last bridge tip. I have thoroughly enjoyed your daily challenge and have learned so much from your tips. My bridge play has definitely benefitted from your expertise. Many thanks.
Kate Aggett