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The 6 Tells Another Tale
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Many of you may be familiar with Right Through the Pack, a classic set of single and double dummy problems by Darvas and Hart. If you aren't, I recommend it - although it may be hard to find. In the original each card tells a story, either where it plays a key role in the play or for some other reason. The hand that follows comes from the quarterfinals of the District 24 Grand National Teams. My son, Paul, thinks it could be a second story from the 6. He challenged me to figure out why. I'm looking for help.

North
AJ108
AK76
92
954
South
3
Q3
KQ7643
J1072
W
N
E
S
P
2
P
P
X
P
P
P

After this exciting auction West led the K; East encouraged, and the defense continued two more rounds. West won the third and shifted to a heart. Declarer sensibly won in dummy to lead a diamond - 10 from East, Q and Ace. West continued another heart.

How do you plan the play?

West
Q75
1084
AJ85
KQ6
North
AJ108
AK76
92
954
East
K9642
J952
10
A83
South
3
Q3
KQ7643
J1072
W
N
E
S
P
2
P
P
X
P
P
P
D
2X South
NS: 0 EW: 0

Three rounds of clubs, a heart won by the K, a diamond to the 10, Q and A, and now a second heart has been led. 

To make the hand you have to recognize at last that you have too many trumps. So you need to ruff twice: A, ruff, A, ruff. When you now lead the J West has no answer.

You had a better line available: win the Q, A, ruff, two more hearts and a second spade ruff. Now the Kand you are cold as long as East's diamond is not the 5. 

Now why is the 6 important?

 

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