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A 10 8 4
Q 8 3 2
J 4 2
10 9 7 3
Q 9 7 6
A Q 6 5
J 8 6 5 4 2
K 5 3 2
A K 9 7 6 4
K 9 8 7 3
North/South can make 3 NT
from either side, but the
two minor suit games are more interesting.
We'll start with the easiest denomination first.
Obviously, a club lead by East will set 5 ♦
declared by North, leading to an immediate ruff. If declared by
South, West can give his partner a ruff, but at the expense of the
second natural club trick.
The risk to declaring 5 ♣
is that the defense will
force declarer to ruff two hearts, setting up a third trump trick for
But if East is on lead, that threat doesn't materialize. Suppose East
leads a low heart. West is forced to contribute the queen, and declarer
wins the ace and immediately attacks clubs. West wins, and continues
hearts, but declarer can play the ♥ 8
from dummy, and
East's king is forced. When West gets in with the second club, the
is high in North's hand.
If declared by South, however, West can profitably lead hearts.
South must fly the ♥ A
, with East and West allowed to
keep the ♥ K-Q
. Each time declarer loses a trump to
West, West can lead a heart, setting up West's own long club trick.