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Without the Count

Posted by Nick Hughes on Friday, 31 October 2014 at 09:50

Andrew Mill showed how to make this tough game from Round 5

On a club lead to the ace, South should return K, putting North to the test. Winning is to overtake to cash Q and a ruff. Easy.

The problem for North is that South's K could be a doubleton, when overtaking to cash Q sets up dummy's 9. Awkward. 

Mill showed that the hands can be made if North ducks. Win the trump switch in hand to ruff a club then draw trumps and cash K. At this point North is down to AQ, T987. A diamond pitch is clearly fatal so North has to pitch Q. This allowed Mill to lead a heart to set up his 10th trick.