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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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[King of Spades]
[Queen of Spades]
[3 of Spades]
[2 of Spades]
[9 of Hearts]
[8 of Hearts]
[4 of Hearts]
[3 of Hearts]
[7 of Diamonds]
[4 of Diamonds]
[King of Clubs]
[6 of Clubs]
[5 of Clubs]

SOUTH

[Ace of Spades]
[— of Hearts]
[Ace of Diamonds]
[Queen of Diamonds]
[Jack of Diamonds]
[10 of Diamonds]
[9 of Diamonds]
[2 of Diamonds]
[Ace of Clubs]
[Queen of Clubs]
[Jack of Clubs]
[10 of Clubs]
[9 of Clubs]
[2 of Clubs]

EAST

[Jack of Spades]
[7 of Spades]
[6 of Spades]
[5 of Spades]
[4 of Spades]
[10 of Hearts]
[7 of Hearts]
[5 of Hearts]
[King of Diamonds]
[6 of Diamonds]
[5 of Diamonds]
[7 of Clubs]
[3 of Clubs]

An entry, an entry, your kingdom for an entry. You just can't let a hand this pretty go down the tubes. At trick two lead a middle club, preferably the nine.

Assuming someone wins with the king and returns a spade, ruff—but not with the deuce. Enter dummy with the eight of clubs and run the eight of diamonds through East, playing your carefully preserved deuce so you can lead again from dummy.

This play works if East has Kx or Kxx of diamonds. Also, if you do sneak the nine of clubs by West, play the ace of clubs and ruff a club with the eight of diamonds. If clubs break 3-2, the most you can lose is the king of diamonds.

The alternative play of leading a middle diamond at trick two, with the idea of using the eight of diamonds as an entry to finesse the clubs, is inferior because it requires the king of diamonds to be singleton or doubleton, whereas the recommended play works if the king of clubs is either doubleton or tripleton.

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