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# Three Notrump On Ice

by Richard Pavlicek

As South, can you find the plays to guarantee making each contract?
No fair peeking at the answers!

### Problem 1

 Total points A Q 5 4 2 West North East South None vul A 10 5 4 1 Q Pass 1 Pass 2 Q J 10 Pass 2 Pass 2 NT Pass 3 NT All Pass Lead: 2 East plays K 3 Q 3 2 A K 10 9 8 7 3 NT South A 4 3

 Your play? A. Win A, finesse QB. Win A, Q, lead 4C. Duck K, win Q, AD. Duck K, win Q, Q

### Problem 2

 Total points 3 2 West North East South None vul K Q 10 9 2 1 Pass 2 A Q 10 9 Pass 2 Pass 3 NT 6 5 Pass Pass Pass Lead: 8 Q 9 6 4 A 8 K J 3 NT South A J 10 4 3

 Your play? A. Win Q, A, KB. Win Q, A, finesse 10C. Win Q, lead 2 to eightD. Win Q, lead 5 to jack

### Problem 3

 Total points 3 West North East South None vul K 3 2 1 NT Q 9 4 3 2 Pass 2 1 Pass 2 NT A Q J 10 Pass 3 NT Pass Pass Pass Lead: 5 East plays 10 1. minor-suit Stayman A Q J Q J 5 4 K 7 5 3 NT South K 3 2

## Explanations

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### Problem 1

How sweet it is! Did you pounce on East’s K? If you did you can say goodbye to your contract. This would remove a crucial entry and you could no longer establish and use the diamonds. It’s a bit painful but you must duck the K. Don’t accept a Trojan horse!

Assume a club is returned. Win in dummy, lead the Q and overtake it in your hand — look at those beautiful diamond spots. Just continue leading diamonds to smoke out the jack, and you have nine certain tricks: two clubs, five diamonds, and dummy’s two aces.

### Problem 2

You have eight top tricks, and the heart suit will supply another even if the J fails to drop. The danger is the spade suit — if East gains the lead in hearts, he might lead twice through your Q and allow the defenders to run four spades. Note, however, that if West gains the lead this threat vanishes.

Therein lies the key. Win the Q in dummy, and lead a low heart to the eight. If it loses and West tries to shut out dummy with a diamond return, you can win the A and cash the 10 to discard the A — a neat jettison play.

### Problem 3

After winning the Q you have six top tricks, and you can establish two in hearts and one in diamonds. The problem is you may have to give up the lead twice, and a spade through your A-J will hurt.

The solution is to force East to waste an ace. Cross to dummy in clubs and lead a low heart. If East takes the ace you’ll get three heart tricks and the battle is over. So assume the Q wins. Cross again in clubs and lead a low diamond. Similar story! Finally, if the K wins, just lead another heart to ensure nine tricks.

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