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# Slams with Endplays

by Richard Pavlicek

As South, you are declarer in 6 on each deal. Can you find the winning play?
In each case assume the missing trumps divide 2-1.

### Problem 1

 IMPs 8 7 6 4 West North East South None vul A 5 1 A 8 3 2 Pass 3 Pass 4 A 7 3 Pass 4 Pass 4 NT Pass 5 Pass 6 Lead: Q All Pass A K Q J 10 9 9 6 K Q 9 4 6 South 2 You win A, ruff 3 and draw trumps

 What next? A. Win A, ruff 7, win KB. Win A, ruff 7, lead 9C. Win A, ruff 7D. Win K, A, ruff 7

### Problem 2

 IMPs K J 10 West North East South None vul A K 10 9 2 NT Pass 4 A 4 Pass 4 NT Pass 6 A Q 7 5 Pass Pass Pass Lead: 8 A Q 9 7 6 5 4 4 3 2 6 South 6 4 3 You win A, K and A

 What next? A. Win K, ruff 10B. Win A, ruff 4, finesse 9C. Win A, ruff 4, finesse QD. Win A, ruff 4, duck club

### Problem 3

 IMPs Q 10 8 6 4 West North East South None vul A 10 7 4 1 NT K 3 Pass 2 Pass 2 A Q Pass 4 Pass 4 Pass 6 All Pass Lead: J East plays 6 A J 9 7 5 K 9 3 A 7 6 South K J 6 East plays 2 on first spade lead

 Your play? A. Win A, cash AB. Win A, A, K-JC. Win K, run QD. Win K, Q to ace

## Explanations

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### Problem 1

The only problem on this deal is a bad diamond break, and a neat endplay will ensure your success. Win the A and ruff a club; draw the enemy trumps; cross to dummy with a heart (not a diamond!), and ruff the last club.

The key play now is to cash one top diamond in your hand, then exit with a heart. Whoever wins must lead a diamond (else give you a ruff and discard), and you simply play second hand low to guarantee picking up the diamonds. No lie of the cards can defeat you.

### Problem 2

The problem here is not to rely on the club finesse, and again you can ensure your contract with the proper technique. Win the K and draw trumps in two rounds. Next cash the A and ruff a diamond to eliminate that suit.

West’s opening lead places East with the Q-J. You are now ready for an endplay: Lead a heart and finesse the nine which East must win — and you can claim! Whether East returns a heart, a diamond or a club, this will give you an extra trick and the contract.

### Problem 3

Normally, with 10 cards missing the king, the proper play is to take the finesse. In this case, however, you should refuse the 50-percent finesse in favor of an endplay that offers a greater chance. Win the K and lead the Q (in case East covers) but win the ace regardless.

Assuming the K does not drop, cash the A and win all the clubs (overtaking the Q) before exiting with a trump. Whoever wins must lead a heart — then you will make your contract whenever the Q-J are in different hands.

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