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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

 4 SouthE-W Vul A K 3 K Q 10 8 7 6 4 2 K 8 WestPassAll Pass North3 EastPass SOUTH1 4 Lead: 6 Q 8 2 A 6 5 4 3 A 5 3 A 4 You win the K and K to discoverEast has J-9-8-7-2. Now what?

 A. Win Q; lead 10 B. Win Q; A; A-K-Q C. Win A; lead 5 D. Win A; A; A-K-Q

### Solution

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

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## Problem 2

 4 SouthNone Vul K Q J 10 A 6 3 Q 2 10 7 6 3 West1 Pass NorthDbl4 EastPassAll Pass SOUTH1 1 Lead: K A 9 7 2 8 4 2 A K J 3 9 2 You win the A and K to discoverEast has 8-6-5-4-3. Now what?

 A. Win Q-J; Q-A-K-J B. Win Q-A-K-J C. Win Q-A-K; ruff J D. Win Q-A-K; lead 9

### Solution

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

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## Problem 3

 6 SouthNone Vul A K Q 8 5 4 J 10 9 8 2 7 4 WestPassPassPassPassAll Pass North1 3 4 5 EastPassPassPassPass SOUTH1 2 4 4 NT6 Lead: Kthen A East plays 9then 5 7 6 A K Q 5 A K Q J 5 4 3 You ruff the A with the Q and cashthe A (West shows out). What next?

 A. Win A; lead good spades B. Win A; A; K-Q C. Win A; A-K; K-Q D. Win A; A-K-Q; K-Q

### Solution

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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