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The Answers
Edwin B. Kantar
December 20, 1976
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December 20, 1976

The Answers

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If this assumption is true, West must be holding at least three clubs and therefore one or two hearts. If this is so, there is no point in taking the heart finesse, a strip and end play being the better plan.

Enter dummy with a club, cash the ace of spades and ruff a spade, enter dummy with a heart, ruff a spade, reenter dummy with a second heart and ruff dummy's last spade. The stage is now set. Throw out a trump and West should be end-played with only black cards remaining in his hand.

Since opponent is forced to lead a black card, you can ruff in your hand and discard dummy's losing heart. This play loses only when West has three hearts to the queen and East nine clubs.

Incidentally, it doesn't hurt to lead the jack of hearts the second time you plan to enter dummy with a heart just to tempt West to cover in case he actually did start with Qxx of hearts and two clubs.

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WEST

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

NORTH

[Ace of Spades]
[4 of Spades]
[King of Hearts]
[Queen of Hearts]
[7 of Hearts]
[6 of Hearts]
[3 of Hearts]
[Ace of Diamonds]
[7 of Diamonds]
[4 of Diamonds]
[2 of Diamonds]
[King of Clubs]
[10 of Clubs]

SOUTH

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