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Early Start


by Ron Klinger

http://www.RonKlingerBridge.com

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PROBLEM

East Dealer | Both Vulnerable

♠ K 8 7 6 4
A K 2
J 3
♣ 10 8 4
♠ —


♣ —
N
WE
S
♠ —


♣ —
♠ A Q J 5 2
Q 7 3
A 10
♣ K 6 5
WestNorthEastSouth
Pass1 NT (15-17)
Pass2 ♣Pass2 ♠ (5 spades)
Pass4 ♠PassPass
Pass
4 ♠ by South

West leads the HJ. Plan the play.

East Deals
Both Vul
♠ K 8 7 6 4
A K 2
J 3
♣ 10 8 4
♠ 9 3
J 10 9
Q 9 5 4 2
♣ A Q 3
N
WE
S
♠ 10
8 6 5 4
K 8 7 6
♣ J 9 7 2
♠ A Q J 5 2
Q 7 3
A 10
♣ K 6 5

West led the HJ against 4S. Declarer won with the HA, drew trumps, cashed the hearts and played DA, D10, ducked to East's DK. East switched to the CJ. South can succeed by covering with the CK, ace, and playing the C10 when West returns a low club. In practice South decided to play East for CQ-J-9-x and ducked the CJ. East played a second club and South was one down.

This play would succeed if West began with DK + DQ. There is no certain line, but a good idea is to take the HA and play the DJ at trick 2. East will surely cover with the DK. Take the DA, draw trumps, cash HQ, HK and exit with the D10. West wins and is end played. If East plays low on the DJ, you can still play the DA, draw trumps, eliminate hearts and exit with the D10.

If East plays low on the DJ, you can still win with the DA, draw trumps, eliminate hearts and exit with the D10.

From the pen of Benjamin Franklin: 'Diligence is the mother of good luck.'



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