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Sbarigia’s quiz # 10 – Instincts

Posted on 14 April 2010

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Here is the Sbarigia’s quiz number 10!  As usual, the solution will be published into a few days. In the meanwhile  have fun and … mind the title!


Silvio Sbarigia’s quiz 10th. Instincts.

North (dummy): ♠A QJ653 AQ9 ♣KQ76

South (declarer): ♠K652 K7 K62 ♣J1094

Contract: 3NT. West had opened 1♠ and leads ♠Q.

 Make your playing plan.


The tricks are three in clubs (after the ace), three in diamonds, two in spades. A trick needs from hearts, but the race – our ninth trick vs West’s spades establishing – seems losing because West, being the opener, is marked for having both missing aces: we haven’t hope to block spades. If the hearts break would be 3-3, this suit could supply four tricks; being 4-2, we must find a way to dissuade West from putting the ace when we’ll play hearts. This way exists: play a little diamond for declarer’s king, then the seven from K7 toward the dummy. If West puts the ace, we’ll make four tricks in hearts even against the 4-2. If West ducks, we have our ninth trick and can leave the hearts, going to establish the clubs.

This quiz is easy if we make a plan; only setting up a plan can safe us from the instinctive but wrong timing – moving clubs before the hearts – and from the usual but wrong, here, playing the hearts: little toward the head in the short side.

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