Quiz 7J30   Main

# Clubhouse Treats

by Richard Pavlicek

Nobody plays in clubs anymore, or so it seems. I say we stop this discrimination with an ERAFC
(Equal Rights Amendment For Clubs). Meanwhile, can you make these club contracts?

## Problem 1

 5 SouthBoth Vul Q K 10 9 K 8 4 3 9 8 7 5 4 WestPassPassAll Pass North2 4 EastPassPass SOUTH1 3 5 Lead: Q K 6 5 3 2 A Q 6 5 A K Q 3 Assume hearts will be continuedwhatever you decide to do.

 A. Play K; if ace wins ruff next B. Play K; if ace wins pitch next C. Play 9 then K if low lead D. Play 9 then 10 if low lead

### Solution

Yes, 3 NT would be better, but it’s too late for that. Your task is to win 11 tricks in clubs, which is easy if you make the key play at trick one. Do not cover the Q. If you covered, East would win the A and return a heart to make you ruff. Then, with clubs 3-1, you could not avoid losing a second heart (or a trump if you ruffed two hearts).

Note the difference if you play low. If West leads another heart, it establishes a trick in dummy (you will finesse the 10), after which you have no problems.

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

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## Problem 2

 5 SouthE-W Vul 6 2 A K 2 Q 6 5 J 9 6 5 4 WestPassPassPassAll Pass North1 NT4 4 EastPassPassPass SOUTH1 3 4 5 Lead: 10 A 9 5 4 3 — A K 2 K Q 10 8 7

 A. Win Q; A-K; A B. Win Q; lead 4 C. Win A; lead K D. Win A; lead 8 to nine

### Solution

This looks too easy, which should be an omen. Remember Murphy’s Law? If something can go wrong, it will go wrong. West’s lead appears to be innocuous, but in fact it poses a grave danger. It is a singleton, and with routine play you would suffer a diamond ruff and fail.

The only way to succeed is to win the Q in dummy, then cash the A-K to discard both of your top diamonds. How’s that for wasting honors! The rest of the play is easy, as you will lose only the A and a spade trick.

West held: K-J-10-7 Q-9-6-5-4-3 10 3-2

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## Problem 3

 5 SouthNone Vul 8 7 6 4 3 5 4 3 3 A J 9 8 WestPassPassPass North1 4 5 EastPassPassAll Pass SOUTH1 3 4 Lead: Kthen A East plays 10then 6 A 5 J A K J 7 6 5 K Q 10 2

 A. Ruff; win A-K; ruff B. Ruff; win A; ruff C. Ruff; win A; lead 5 D. Discard the 5

### Solution

There are two potential lines of play: (1) establish the diamond suit, or (2) crossruff. You may fail with Line 1 if you ruff and shorten your trumps, and with Line 2 you will have to give up a spade, then a trump lead will be fatal.

The solution is to postpone your decision. Discard a spade on the second heart. If hearts are continued, you have a complete crossruff. If West shifts to a trump, win the 8; A; diamond ruff; A; diamond ruff with A; club to hand to draw trumps and claim.

West held: J-10-9-2 A-K-7-2 Q-10-9-2 3

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