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Book ‘em, Dano!

by Richard Pavlicek

Can you cope with a Hawaiian trump break — as in the old TV series Hawaii Five-O?
On each problem West shows out on the first trump lead. Decide your play.

Problem 1

 IMPs A K 3 West North East South E-W vul K Q 10 1 8 7 6 4 2 Pass 3 Pass 4 K 8 Pass Pass Pass Lead: 6 Q 8 2 A 6 5 4 3 A 5 3 4 South A 4 You win the K and K (East has J-9-8-7-2)

 What next? A. Win Q, lead 10B. Win Q, A, A-K-QC. Win A, lead 5D. Win A, A, A-K-Q

Problem 2

 IMPs K Q J 10 West North East South None vul A 6 3 1 Q 2 1 Dbl Pass 1 10 7 6 3 Pass 4 Pass Pass Pass Lead: K A 9 7 2 8 4 2 A K J 3 4 South 9 2 You win the A and K (East has 8-6-5-4-3)

 What next? A. Win Q-J, Q-A-K-JB. Win Q-A-K-JC. Win Q-A-K, ruff JD. Win Q-A-K, lead 9

Problem 3

 IMPs A K Q 8 5 4 West North East South None vul J 10 9 8 1 2 Pass 1 Pass 2 7 4 Pass 3 Pass 4 Pass 4 Pass 4 NT Lead: K East plays 9 Pass 5 Pass 6 All Pass 7 6 A K Q 5 A K Q J 5 4 6 South 3 You ruff second club with Q and cash A (West is void)

 What next? A. Win A, lead good spadesB. Win A, A, K-QC. Win A, A-K, K-QD. Win A, A-K-Q, K-Q

Explanations

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Problem 1

After winning the K to find out East has J-9-8-7-2, you seem to be fated to lose two trumps and two diamonds; but maybe not. The key is to stop leading trumps and catch East in an endplay.

Cash all your side winners, then exit with a diamond. Suppose West wins two diamonds; then whatever he leads next, pitch a diamond from dummy and let East win the trick — underruff in your hand. Now you can claim the rest, as East must lead a trump around to the Q-10.

East held: 10-7-5 J-9-8-7-2 J-10 Q-10-2

Problem 2

After winning the A, the K reveals your misery. You need East to have three diamonds, so cash the Q and A-K to pitch a heart from dummy. It is tempting now to pitch the last heart on the J and let East ruff. No! East will return a trump and you will go down.

You actually have a lock. Ruff the good diamond and lead a heart. If East gets in to return a trump (best), win the ace then ruff your last heart. The remaining 9-7 must take two more tricks behind East’s 8.

East held: 8-6-5-4-3 J-7 9-6-5 K-Q-8

Problem 3

Hopefully, you were careful to ruff the second club with the Q (or higher); then the A exposes that nasty SOB (East) with all your trumps again. Grr!

To have any chance, you must be able to cash two spades; but you need only one diamond trick. Proper technique is to win the A, A (important) and K. When spades break 3-2, you are home. Just lead good spades until East ruffs, then overruff with the K and lead your low trump to dummy.

East held: 10-3 7-6-4-3-2 8 Q-J-9-8-5

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