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The Auction:
West  North  East  South
pass    pass    pass  1♠
dbl      3♠*     pass  4♠
all pass

* - Preemptive

West leads the Q against your optimistic 4♠ contract, East following with the 9. When you cash the ace and king of spades, West discards a diamond. There seem to be four inescapable losers now; can you think of a way to restricting yourself to three losers?

In this column, the deals featured illustrate application of bridge technique. In this deal, there is no legitimate technique that can help you succeed; you need to resort to deception. When this deal was played in an online match, after declarer cashed the ace and king of spades, getting the bad news, he played a low heart from hand. The West player, who was an expert, placed the K with his partner, and played low, and dummy's 10 won the trick, East refusing to ruff.

The contract can now be made, but declarer nevertheless needs to exercise care. If declarer continues with a heart to the king, ♣A and club ruff, in order to ruff a heart, he will lose control. When he leads a diamond to the queen, East will win the king, cash the master trump, and force declarer with a club. When declarer plays another diamond, West will win and cash a club trick. In order to avoid this, after winning the 10, declarer should play a heart to the king and lead a diamond. Now he will always maintain control, and make his game.

 8 Deal  QJ9
 QJ72  9
 A1072  K96
 K743  QJ10985

Bridge Baron's double dummy solver confirms that there is no legitimate way to make the contract. The double dummy analysis also confirms that continuing the ♣A and club ruff in dummy after stealing the heart trick would result in losing control of the hand.
Par Contract Analysis:
The par contract on this deal is 3♠ by North-South.

Bridge Baron deal No : N1762-24775-69415-82496-90825-14333

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