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Last updated : Jul 25, 2016 21:50 HAA
The Right Time to Finesse - Appreciating the Nine with Jo Ann Lynds

You duck West's  J lead, hoping that East started with AQ doubleton - but he follows with the  5.  West continues with the  6, and East wins his  AQ.  East then leads the ♣ J, which you win with your ace.

Through no  fault of your own, you need the rest.  Your black suits are solid, so the suit that will "make or break you" is hearts.

Question 1:  If trumps don't divide 3-2, is there any chance to make the contract?

Question 2:  Exactly how would you play the trumps? 

 

Answer 1:   The only intermediate trump in the N-S hands is dummy's  9.  Therefore the only 4-1 split you can hande for no loser is a singleton Queen with East.  Because of the E-W intermediates, in all other cases, you cannot pick up the suit for no losers even if you can see all the E-W cards.  This is even true if West has a singleton Queen.  If you are still in doubt, I suggest that you take one suit from a deck of cards and try it out for yourself.

Answer 2:   With 8 cards missing the queen, it is normal to finesse, as opposed to "playing for the drop."  If the E-W trumps divide 3-2 and you are lucky enough to find East with the  Q, all is well. 

However, because of the potential of dummy's  9, you should start the trumps from the North hand.  You'll need to get to the board, so begin by leading a spade to dummy's king.

Then lead the  2, intending to finess your jack, and hope for the best.  However, when East plays the  Q, you win the A and cash the  J.  As expected, East shows out.  It is then child's play to lead through West's  10 8 to dummy's  K 9. 

Once all the trumps are drawn, you can easily win the last four tricks with three spade winners and the ♣ K.

By the way: If you had foolishly played dummy's  K at trick 1, you'd go down!  E-W could then play four rounds of diamonds.  When East ruffed the fourth round with his  Q, you couldn't shut out West's  10.

Hand courtesy of More Declarer Play the Bergen Way by Marty Bergen.

 

Last updated : Jul 25, 2016 21:43 HAA
Calendar
Thu July 28, 2016
North American Pair Qualifiers,Stratified Pairs, $4.00
7:00 PM
Director: Anne Mitchell
Mon August 1, 2016
Inter Club Championship, Stratified Pairs
7:00 PM
Director: Norm Crosby
Tue August 2, 2016
Stratified Pairs
1:00 PM
Results
Wed July 27, 2016
Wednesday Afternoon, Open Pairs, $2.00
1:00 PM
Director: L Fox
Mon July 25, 2016
Stratified Pairs
7:00PM
Director: C Cooling
Thu July 21, 2016
Stratified Pairs
7:00 PM
Director: Boyd Wells
Calendar
Thu July 28, 2016
North American Pair Qualifiers,Stratified Pairs, $4.00
7:00 PM
Director: Anne Mitchell
Mon August 1, 2016
Inter Club Championship, Stratified Pairs
7:00 PM
Director: Norm Crosby
Tue August 2, 2016
Stratified Pairs
1:00 PM
Results
Wed July 27, 2016
Wednesday Afternoon, Open Pairs, $2.00
1:00 PM
Director: L Fox
Mon July 25, 2016
Stratified Pairs
7:00PM
Director: C Cooling
Thu July 21, 2016
Stratified Pairs
7:00 PM
Director: Boyd Wells