English 46 Guide dog Putting on the right track Krzysztof Martens Putting partner on the right track requires enormous effort. The analysis we routinely undertake must take into account partner’s problems, too. This is extremely dif fi cult. We have to double our effort bearing in mind that clues on which we base our conclusions may not be available from the opposite side of the bridge table. What is obvious to me may not necessarily be self-evident to partner. Any help will be truly appreciated and, no less importantly, will reduce considerably the amount of defensive errors commited by our partnership. Examples IV. Another important skill of a guide dog is locating, and safely leading his partner up and down, the stairs. Pairs tournament. You are sitting North. West North East South 1 ♠ Pass 2 ♣ Pass 2NT Pass 3NT All Pass 2NT = Extra Values ♠ ♥ ♦ ♣ 6532 A63 J64 T52 ♠ ♥ ♦ ♣ QJT87 KQ Q87 AJ6 ♠ ♥ ♦ ♣ K9 J92 A2 KQ9873 ♠ ♥ ♦ ♣ A4 T8754 KT953 4 Lead: ♦ 4 Partner wins the King and returns the ♦ T. You should play the ♦ J. True, following with the ♠ 6 to partner’s Ace at the next trick (the ♠ K was led) might suggest the heart switch, but the failure to sacri fi ce the Jack of diamonds would surely indicate the possession of the Queen. All we want is one more trick. The key is to show partner the right suit. V. It is in the nature of every working dog, including the guide dog, to protect their master from taking a false step. Pairs tournament. You are sitting North. West North East South 3 ♥ Pass Pass Pass ♠ ♥ ♦ ♣ AT832 53 K86 QT9 ♠ ♥ ♦ ♣ 5 QJT8742 Q4 A54 ♠ ♥ ♦ ♣ KJ964 96 J92 KJ7 ♠ ♥ ♦ ♣ Q7 AK AT753 8632