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The loser count is one too high

By Phillip Alder | China Daily | Updated: 2017-07-15 07:12

Phyllis Diller said, "Aim high, and you won't shoot your foot off."

In many bridge deals played with a trump suit, declarer finds that his loser count is too high. He must find some way to eliminate those he cannot afford. Two common ways of doing that are ruffing a loser in the shorter trump hand, or discarding a loser on a side-suit winner in the other hand. In this deal, though, South must find a different method. How should he play in four hearts after West leads the spade queen?

South could see one loser in each suit. He had just nine winners: two spades, five hearts, one diamond and one club. The only realistic chance for a 10th winner was to find East with the diamond king. But that would require two dummy entries: the first to lead toward declarer's diamond queen, the second to reach the diamond ace after unblocking the diamond queen. Where are those two entries?

The loser count is one too high

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