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Defensive Maneuvers - part 4
BY PAUL ROSS

Playing matchpoints, with only the
opponents vulnerable, you pick up this
hand as dealer (you are East):
♠A 9 8 2 ♥9 8 5 ♦A 10 9 6 ♣J 10.
You pass, and left-hand opponent
opens 2♣, which is Alerted and explained as showing 11-15 HCP with
six clubs: The opponents are playing
Precision. Partner passes and RHO
bids 2♦, artificial, asking opener for
more information. LHO bids 2♥,
showing four cards in either major, and
RHO bids 2♠ asking for clarification.
Opener confirms a maximum (14-15)
and four hearts with 3♦, and RHO
jumps to 4♥, ending the auction.
Partner (West) leads the ♠J:
North (Dummy)
♠Q73
♥Q764
♦Q752
♣A8
East (You)
♠A982
♥985
♦ A 10 9 6
♣ J 10
What is declarer's distribution?
Declarer has shown four hearts and
six (or more) clubs. That gives declarer
three cards in spades and diamonds,
but you don't know whether those suits
are 2-1 or 3-0, and you don't know
which fragment is longer.
Dummy plays low on the first trick.

declarer has six or more clubs and four
hearts. She can't have more than three
spades, and may well have only one
or two. Don't worry about setting up a
third-round spade trick for declarer;
your plan is to try to take three tricks
in spades and diamonds right away,
before declarer wins a trick. Or possibly, declarer may have a slow loser in
hearts or clubs.
So you play the ace and declarer follows with the king.
What do you lead to trick two?
You know declarer has at least six
clubs. That means that, after she draws
trumps, she may well be able to discard
all of dummy's diamonds on the clubs
in her hand and then ruff diamonds in
the dummy. Therefore, you must take
whatever diamond tricks you can now;
they won't be available later. Do you
lead the ♦A or do you lead low, hoping
that declarer will misguess?
Oh, come now! Declarer has no guess
in the diamond suit. If she has the
king, she will lose a diamond trick if
you cash the ace now, and no diamond
tricks if you lead low. If partner has
the ♦K, the defense will take the first
two diamond tricks whether or not
you start with the ace. You will set up
the queen in the dummy, but what will
declarer discard on it? Her sixth club?

Lead the ♦A.
Declarer plays the ♦3, and partner
plays the ♦J.
What now?
Play another diamond. You have no
other option. Partner wins the ♦K and
exits with the ♦4. Dummy's queen
wins.
At this point, you have three tricks,
and you can sit back and wait for whatever tricks you have coming in hearts
and clubs. Unfortunately, you don't
have any tricks coming in those suits
because declarer's holdings are solid.
The complete deal:
♠Q73
♥Q764
♦Q752
♣A8
♠ J 10 6 5 4
♠A982
♥ 10 2
♥985
♦KJ4
♦ A 10 9 6
♣652
♣ J 10
♠K
♥AKJ3
♦83
♣KQ9743
Yes, declarer has 16 high-card points
instead of the 14-15 she said she had
during the auction. She discounted the
singleton ♠K.
◾

What do you play?
The usual play in this situation is to
hold up the ace until dummy plays
the queen. That holds declarer to one
spade trick if declarer has the king
singleton, doubleton or tripleton (or
no spade tricks in the unlikely case
that partner has led the ♠J from
♠K J 10 x x).
Don't duck. This isn't a "usual" situation. You know from the auction that
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September 2020

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of September 2020

In First Seat - Paul Linxwiler
Inbox -Letters to the Editor
A Message from the President
The Recruiter King
The Rise and Fall of the Precision Team
Eyes on the Street
BBO Helpdesk
NABC Robot Individual
Play the Cards You're Dealt
Endless Summer Results
Defensive Maneuvers – part 4
Ruling the Game
The Bidding Box
It's Your Call
Card Play 101 - by Phillip Alder
Parrish the Thought - Adam Parrish
Reasoning with Robert - Robert Todd
Startup Bridge by Lynn Berg
Lessons Learned by Michael Berkowitz
Bidding Basics by Larry Cohen
Ask Jerry - by Jerry Helms
Mike's Bridge Lesson - Mike Lawrence
Chalk Talk- Eddie Kantar
Boehm on Bridge
Better Bridge with Bergen-Marty Bergen
Challenge of the Month
The Real Deal - by Larry Cohen
West Hands -Bidding Box
Bidding Matters - by Karen Walker
East Hands -Bidding Box
Test Your Play
Mike's Advice - by Mike Lawrence
Solutions to Test Your Play
My Bridge and Yours - by Frank Stewart
Dear Billy - by Billy Miller
Bridge with the Abbot - by David Bird
George's World - by George Jacobs
Life Master Milestones
New Life Masters
Puzzle Page
In Memoriam
Obituary - Sue Erwin (1943-2020)
Obituary - Clint Wright (1944-2020)
Obituary - Norma Sands (1938-2020)
Obituary - Carol Aitken (190-2020)
Obituary - Carol Linch (1935-2020)
Obituary - Barbara Hamman (1937-2020)
Obituary - Maria Teresa Lavazza (1937-2020)
Obituary - janet P. Breed (1935-2020)
Tournament Directory
September 2020 - 1
September 2020 - 2
September 2020 - 3
September 2020 - 4
September 2020 - 5
September 2020 - In First Seat - Paul Linxwiler
September 2020 - Inbox -Letters to the Editor
September 2020 - 8
September 2020 - A Message from the President
September 2020 - The Recruiter King
September 2020 - 11
September 2020 - The Rise and Fall of the Precision Team
September 2020 - 13
September 2020 - 14
September 2020 - 15
September 2020 - 16
September 2020 - 17
September 2020 - Eyes on the Street
September 2020 - 19
September 2020 - BBO Helpdesk
September 2020 - 21
September 2020 - NABC Robot Individual
September 2020 - Play the Cards You're Dealt
September 2020 - Endless Summer Results
September 2020 - 25
September 2020 - 26
September 2020 - 27
September 2020 - 28
September 2020 - Defensive Maneuvers – part 4
September 2020 - Ruling the Game
September 2020 - 31
September 2020 - The Bidding Box
September 2020 - 33
September 2020 - 34
September 2020 - 35
September 2020 - It's Your Call
September 2020 - 37
September 2020 - 38
September 2020 - 39
September 2020 - Card Play 101 - by Phillip Alder
September 2020 - Parrish the Thought - Adam Parrish
September 2020 - Reasoning with Robert - Robert Todd
September 2020 - Startup Bridge by Lynn Berg
September 2020 - Lessons Learned by Michael Berkowitz
September 2020 - Bidding Basics by Larry Cohen
September 2020 - 46
September 2020 - Ask Jerry - by Jerry Helms
September 2020 - Mike's Bridge Lesson - Mike Lawrence
September 2020 - Chalk Talk- Eddie Kantar
September 2020 - Boehm on Bridge
September 2020 - Better Bridge with Bergen-Marty Bergen
September 2020 - Challenge of the Month
September 2020 - West Hands -Bidding Box
September 2020 - Bidding Matters - by Karen Walker
September 2020 - Test Your Play
September 2020 - Mike's Advice - by Mike Lawrence
September 2020 - Solutions to Test Your Play
September 2020 - My Bridge and Yours - by Frank Stewart
September 2020 - Dear Billy - by Billy Miller
September 2020 - Bridge with the Abbot - by David Bird
September 2020 - George's World - by George Jacobs
September 2020 - Life Master Milestones
September 2020 - 63
September 2020 - New Life Masters
September 2020 - Puzzle Page
September 2020 - Obituary - Clint Wright (1944-2020)
September 2020 - Obituary - Barbara Hamman (1937-2020)
September 2020 - 68
September 2020 - Obituary - janet P. Breed (1935-2020)
September 2020 - 70
September 2020 - Tournament Directory
September 2020 - 72
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