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Play or Defend? 68 Hands to Test Your Bridge Skill

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by: Julian Pottage

184pp | Paperback | ISBN 978-1-894154-55-0

Cost in Canadian Dollars  $18.95        Cost in Cost in US Dollars  $13.95        Cost in Cost in UK Pounds  £8.95

Categories: Intermediate | Advanced | Declarer Play | Defense | Problems & Puzzles

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HAND 2 - ACHILLES HEEL

North
A 9 8 5
Q J 5 3
Q J 10
K 4
West East
K 10 7 2 Q 3
8 7 2 K 10 6 4
A 8 K 6 5 2
9 6 5 2 10 7 3
South
J 6 4
A 9
9 7 4 3
A Q J 8

West North East South
1
Pass 1 Pass 1NT
Pass 2* Pass 2NT
Pass 3NT All Pass

*Checkback asking for 3/4

Contract: 3NT
Opening Lead: 2

Going up with dummy's ace of spades will not work because the resulting blockage will be merely temporary. East can win the first diamond and cash the spade queen. The defenders will score three spades and two diamonds.

Playing low at Trick 1 seems more obvious, and the queen wins. If East returns a spade, the contract makes. North's nine will take care of the fourth round of spades and declarer can take the winning heart finesse after setting up the diamonds.

Is the contract always cold, or can the right switch at Trick 3 kill it? See page 86 for the second part of the answer.

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About the Author

Julian Pottage

Wales) is best known as a bridge problem constructor, and his many awards include IBPA Book of the Year. His most recent book for MPP was Defend or Declare?

 

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