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Only One Way To Get There
Edwin B. Kantar
December 25, 1978
A hand of bridge is not unlike a journey. There are often several directions you can take, some of which will lead you to the wilderness, one to where you want to go. The following hands offer you several options, mostly in the area of finesses. For every one you solve correctly, award yourself 25 points. To find out how you did, turn to page 79.
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December 25, 1978

Only One Way To Get There

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Long live trump leaders against slams. Now you have time to take both finesses. What you should do is draw trumps and play four rounds of hearts, discarding a club. Enter your hand with a trump and lead up to the king of clubs.

If the king loses to the ace, ruff the club return and take the diamond finesse. If this loses, c'est la guerre. But if West has the ace of clubs, your troubles are over, as the king is good for a diamond pitch. By playing this way you make the hand if West has either the ace of clubs or the king of diamonds. With a diamond lead you would have to guess which finesse to take. If you think West is being sneaky with the king of diamonds and no ace of clubs, you must take the diamond finesse immediately. If you don't think West would dare unlead a king against a player of your stature, rise with the ace, draw trumps, play four rounds of hearts, discarding a diamond, and then run the queen of diamonds through East intending to set up the jack of diamonds for a club discard.

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NORTH

[Ace of Spades]
[King of Spades]
[10 of Spades]
[8 of Spades]
[7 of Spades]
[6 of Spades]
[4 of Hearts]
[Queen of Diamonds]
[Jack of Diamonds]
[6 of Diamonds]
[5 of Diamonds]
[Jack of Clubs]
[10 of Clubs]

WEST

[Queen of Spades]
[Jack of Spades]
[9 of Spades]
[5 of Spades]
[3 of Spades]
[King of Hearts]
[Jack of Hearts]
[8 of Hearts]
[7 of Hearts]
[3 of Diamonds]
[King of Clubs]
[7 of Clubs]
[3 of Clubs]

SOUTH

[2 of Spades]
[Ace of Hearts]
[Queen of Hearts]
[5 of Hearts]
[3 of Hearts]
[Ace of Diamonds]
[King of Diamonds]
[10 of Diamonds]
[9 of Diamonds]
[4 of Diamonds]
[2 of Diamonds]
[Ace of Clubs]
[Queen of Clubs]

EAST

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