Quiz 7H74   Main

# 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

 3 NT SouthNone Vul A Q 5 4 2 A 10 5 4 Q Q J 10 WestPassPassPass North1 2 3 NT EastPassPassAll Pass SOUTH1 2 2 NT Lead: 2 East plays K 3 Q 3 2 A K 10 9 8 7 A 4 3

 A. Win A; finesse Q B. Win A; Q; lead 4 C. Duck K; win Q; A D. Duck K; win Q; Q

### Solution

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.

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## Problem 2

 3 NT SouthNone Vul 3 2 K Q 10 9 2 A Q 10 9 6 5 WestPassAll Pass NORTH1 2 EastPassPass South2 3 NT Lead: 8 Q 9 6 4 A 8 K J A J 10 4 3

 A. Win Q; A; K B. Win Q; A; finesse 10 C. Win Q; lead 2 to eight D. Win Q; lead 5 to jack

### Solution

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.

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## Problem 3

 3 NT SouthNone Vul 3 K 3 2 Q 9 4 3 2 A Q J 10 WestPassPass North2 13 NT EastPassAll Pass SOUTH1 NT2 NT Lead: 5 East plays 10 A Q J Q J 5 4 K 7 5 K 3 2 1. minor-suit Stayman