Monday, January 20, 2014

First things first. A simple hand.

On a club lead from East, North declares the contract of 4Spades. Plan play.

Let us say you quickly take a Heart discard on the king of clubs. Next, what is the first order of the day? A surprising number of declarers played a spade up to the King and a spade back, and now they were short entry and timing to take two diamond finesses. Clearly, there is no rush to pull trumps. If the D finesse is onside, you have ten guaranteed tricks 5 trump, 3 diamonds, 2 clubs. It is essential to take an immediate diamond finesse. Next, try the trumps, they fail but, in with the spade ace, take the second diamond finesse

If instead you play spades, you will lose two hearts and be stuck in hand to lose a diamond along with the trump trick to be lost, (defense will force you in clubs to lead from your hand)

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In these pages, I comment on hands from Bridge Base Online ACBL tourneys. I play in these with a variety of partners with different degrees of skill. I might present a hand or two from my collection of bridge books, every now and then. I am more interested in play and defense than in complex bidding systems, but I do follow the cut and thrust of Vanderbilt and World Championship Vugraph and try to keep abreast of expert practice in the obstructive and constructive bidding system department. I may also feature, newspaper-style, famous hands from important matches that I saw on Vugraph.

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