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No Finesses!

You have reached the finals of the World Bridge Championship! The last match is against two tough henchmen from Rumania, and near the end you pick up the following hand:

N-S Vul

Table
S K Q J 10 9 8 7
H 4
D 4
C K 5 4 3

Your partner opens 2 NT and the mean-looking man on your right passes. What do you bid? _____

Your bid is the Gerber convention and partner bids 4 NT. What does his bid show? _____

You now know enough to place the final contract. Where would you like to play this hand? _____

Everyone passes. The henchman on your left shrugs as he leads the H 3, and this is what you see:

6 S South

S A 5
H Q J 10
D A K J 7 2
C A J 2
Lead: H 3Table
S K Q J 10 9 8 7
H 4
D 4
C K 5 4 3

How many “top tricks” do you count? _____

East wins the H A at trick one and angrily leads back the H 5. Who do you think has the H K? _____

Will you ruff this trick? _____

Which side suit offers the best chance to make your slam? _____

In this suit do you plan to finesse dummy’s jack? _____

You draw one round of trumps. Will it be the king or the ace? _____

Both henchmen follow. What do you lead next? _____

Assume you win the D A-K, then ruff a diamond as West violently throws a heart when he can’t overruff. These cards remain:

6 S South

S A
H Q
D J 7
C A J 2
South leadsTable
S Q J 10 9
H
D
C K 5 4

Is it possible to set up dummy’s long diamond now? _____

Does this mean you will require the club finesse? _____

What other chance is there? _____

What will you lead next? _____

East shows out (smugly tossing a heart). What will you lead to return to your hand? _____

You ruff and lead the S Q to draw West’s last trump. What will you discard from dummy? _____

TopMain Only four cards remain, and the henchmen are getting restless. This is what you see now:

6 S South

S
H Q
D J
C A J
South leadsTable
S J
H
D
C K 5 4

Which card will you lead from your hand? _____

The West henchman squirms and pitches a club. What do you discard from dummy? _____

East must keep the D Q so he also discards a club. Which henchman (if any) can now protect clubs? _____

Which card do you expect will win the last trick? _____

Congratulations! You executed a double squeeze to win the World Championship. Your teammates are ecstatic, but you are worried about those mean henchman — indeed, you too might be executed! At least you won’t be planning any trips to Rumania.

OK! You can wake up now! Here are the East-West hands:

S 6 3 2
H K 8 6 3 2
D 6 5
C 10 7 6
TableS 4
H A 9 7 5
D Q 10 9 8 3
C Q 9 8

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Answers

Bidding:4 C
3 aces
6 S

Play:11
West
Yes
D 
No
King
D 4

Play:No
No
Squeeze
S to ace
D 7
C 2

Play:S J
H Q
None
C 5

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© 2013 Richard Pavlicek