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I am working my way through A Great Deal of Bridge Problems, by Julian Pottage.

Here is one of the problems.

North
K92
Q8432
543
AQ
South
AQJ1065
J6
AK7
96
W
N
E
S
1
P
2
P
3
P
4
P
P
P

The text says:

West leads the jack of diamonds. How do you play to the first two tricks?

West
84
A10
J1092
107542
North
K92
Q8432
543
AQ
East
73
K975
Q86
KJ83
South
AQJ1065
J6
AK7
96
W
N
E
S
1
P
2
P
3
P
4
P
P
P
D
4 South
NS: 0 EW: 0

 

No doubt BW members got it right: A low heart at trick two.

 

West can't rise without letting us build a quick heart winner, and when East wins, we are able to get the fifth heart going.

Of course, if West were to win trick two and shift to a club, we would rise ace, take two trumps and play a heart.

 

When considering the original problem, it seemed to me that our chances are:

- hearts 3-3 or 4-2

- AKxxx on the left

- club finesse

- less a bit for some 4-0 trump layouts, and some diamond ruff layouts

 

Then an awful thought occurred to me...

West
873
K
J1092
K10754
North
K92
Q8432
543
AQ
East
4
A10975
Q86
J832
South
AQJ1065
J6
AK7
96
D

 

One down. How annoying!

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