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Bridge Problem by Patrick Jourdain    

Bridge Problem 252 for January 2011

How should West play Six Notrumps on a club lead?

West
A Q 5  
A K Q  
A Q 8 6 4 3  
K  
East
8 7 6 4 3
7
K 2
  A Q 7 4 3

Answer to Bridge problem 252

West should win the lead in the west hand and play a low diamond from both hands. Win any return, cross to the king of diamonds and cash the top clubs throwing the two losing spades from hand.

The concession of a diamond at trick two guards against the possibility that one defender has four cards in both minors.

Additional problem for January 2011

Try these clues to a bridge crossword:

(a)  Fast food order for two? (4-3, 6)

(b)  Shun material enquiry (9)

Answer to additional problem

(a)  Take-out double

(b)  Blackwood

This article has been published with permission from Bridge Magazine.