Sunday 3 May

Congratulations to Kate Aggett who wins the Sunday 3 May quiz.

I am grateful to Iain Sime for providing this problem.

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Anne Young
Anne Young
9 months ago

Take Q of S.. Lead QH. If taken, duck S lead & win 3rd S. If not taken lead JH. If taken duck S & win 3rd S.
Then Finesse 10 D. If it works, lead 9 D. If it works lead small D to A. If it doesn’t work, hopefully N has no more S. If she has a S then S started with only 4 S. 9 tricks made : 2S, 2H, 4 D & 1 C. 1 extra if D finesse works .

Pamela Warner
Pamela Warner
9 months ago

This play copes with 5:0 split in D. 1. Win first trick in E hand. You still have 1 S stop and have 1 S trick. 2. Lead 10 D from hand and run it. *a assume makes 3. If makes, lead 9D and run it. 4. Lead 6 D and play J from D. 5 & 6. Play remaining 2 D (A K) from dummy. So you get 5 D tricks even if they are split 5:0 to S. NB If S shows out on 3rd D led then play K not J and N’s Q will fall under… Read more »

COLIN WHYTE
COLIN WHYTE
9 months ago

Assume the lead is 4th best from longest and strongest. East can see two spade winners, two hearts, four diamonds and a club, all being well. However if North has four diamonds headed by the queen, East can only take three diamond tricks for sure and the game’s a bogey. East must therefore assume North doesn’t have such a holding. Also, if South has led from four spades, East can only lose two spade tricks, no problems. It’s a bit more awkward if South holds five spades, therefore East must play in order to cope with that situation. East must… Read more »

Ken Brown
Ken Brown
9 months ago

Take the first trick (probably with the QS), play QH. If/when this loses duck a spade and then take the third spade. Now play on diamonds, running 10D, 9D if appropriate. In this way you set up 2 spade tricks, 2 heart tricks, at least 4 diamond tricks and AC. If opponents switch to clubs on winning KH you will lose no more than 2 clubs, a heart and a diamond.

Kate Aggett
Kate Aggett
9 months ago

Assume 5S 4th highest, rule of 11 – 6 higher in other hands so N holding 3 higher so assume 5/3 split in spades. 6 sure winners would try to take extra 2 diamonds and 1 heart and depending on play, 1club. Take 1st trick with either the Q or A. Lead small diamond to A. Play small heart either cover K with A or let J run. If S wins he will possibly play a spade – duck. Then another spade – win with A. Play 10D. Cover Q with K or let 10 run. N no spades left… Read more »

Keith Smith
Keith Smith
9 months ago

[Assuming “she” is Declarer, E.] Lead of 5S appears to be 4th highest longest suit, and given no overcall in the bidding also likely to be a 4 card suit, placing N with 4 Spades as well. So are certain to make both A and Q in Spades and lose 2 others. To make the 9 Tricks for the contract, need to make sure of 2 Hearts and 4 Diamonds to go with AC, but are missing KH and QD which need to be flushed out. With Declarer’s hand having the stops/tenaces in S, H and C, it will be… Read more »

Troy van-de-l'Isle
Troy van-de-l'Isle
9 months ago

Win first trick, play a small heart at trick 2, assume they win and lead another problem spade at trick 3 duck and win the spade at trick 4. Now run 10 D, I’m not fussed whether it wins or loses (in which case finesse the JD) as I’ll have 9 tricks now.