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This week, a declarer play quiz.

To get to the right answer on these you need to get yourself a cup of tea and focus - I know that is not a luxury afforded to declarer at the table, but this column is offering that to you so take advantage of it (see Figure 1).

South is in 3NT in a Teams event and receives the lead of the spade Queen – making the contract is all that matters.

The first thing for declarer to do here is to identify where to focus, and that is certainly the diamond suit which is where the tricks will come from.

If diamonds are 2-2 the hand is a no brainer, and even if they are 3-1 declarer simply ducks a diamond at trick two and makes the contract with 5 diamonds, 2 spades, 1 heart and 1 club. So now we have established that, the only problem is if diamonds are 4-0 and I’ll give you some time to think about that before reading on.

Ready? These are the two possible problem layouts (see Figure 2).

The key to handling both of these is to start playing diamonds from dummy! So you forget about the heart finesse ( I know you love taking finesses!) and lead a low heart to the Ace at trick two and then lead a low diamond from dummy .

In the first layout, where RHO East has all the diamonds, East is stuck – if he goes up with the queen you have five easy diamond tricks and if he ducks you win the jack and now duck a diamond to East and you have a total of five diamond tricks.

In the second layout East shows out and you play the jack and now West is also caught between two losing options – if she wins the queen you later finesse the 10 and take five diamonds, and if she ducks you return the favour by letting her win the next diamond and once again you get your five diamond tricks. So, with the correct play all roads lead to five diamond tricks .

The actual full deal is shown in Figure 3.

I hope you solved it – or at least enjoyed trying!


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Published March 13, 2021 at 8:00 am (Updated March 13, 2021 at 8:58 am)

Focus to work out this declarer quiz

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