Deceptive Plays by Terence Reese

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There are several ways of inducing opponents to continue a suit to your advantage.

Terence Reese
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There are several ways of inducing opponents to continue a suit to your advantage.

8 2
Q 9 7 5 3 10 6 2
A K J

You are declarer at No-Trumps and West leads the 5. It may be that there is another suit which you fear much more, and that you can go game if the opponents do not switch to this other suit at their first opportunity; so you win the first lead with the King and not the Jack.

J 10 3
K 8 6 4 2 7 5
A Q 9

West leads fourth best and you play the Jack from dummy. It is a good shot to play the Queen from your own hand; West may play you for Ace Queen alone.

J 9 3
A Q 8 7 5 2 4
K 10 6

This is the same play in slightly different form. West leads the 7, you play the Jack from dummy and the 10 from your own hand; when West gets in he may be tempted to lay down the Ace.

Q 10 6 5 3
K 7 J 9 4
A 8 2

At some point West leads the King, hoping to find his partner at home in the suit. Instead of winning with the Ace and clearing the suit, giving opponents a chance to attack elsewhere, you play the 8. Flushed with success, West will clear the suit for you.

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