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This year bridge players in Delaware have the privelege of representing our state and our organization at TWO prominant events. First up is the spring Nationals in Philadelphia, Pa. running from March 7th through the 18th. Of special note Delaware's own Dave Treadwell, an ACBL Hall of Fame member will be honored on Thursday March 15th.
Dave was as well known for his humor as he was for his bridge acumen. Only once in my life have I seen a player stand on his chair before dropping the "double card" on the table. And Dave was famous for use of the "stop" card....before he PASSED. Dave Treadwell was truly one of a kind!
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Here's a hand you don't see often. EW bid to 6NT, and East finds herself with no obvious entry to dummy. After a ♥ lead from South, low, K♥ , A♥ ; East plays AK♣ , with North pitching an encouraging ♠ . East now leads Q♠ to North's A♠ , and a ♥ is returned, won by East. Now what? (Hint: Either J♠ , or Q♦ falls or there would be no story.)
Bidding: The auction utilizes an artificial 2♥ bid that requires partner to bid 2♠ . East's 2NT now shows balanced 25+HCP.
Try the Q♠ . When that doesn't collect the J♠ , play A♦ capturing south's Q♦ , diamond to the J♦ , running the clubs. Dummy comes down to 2 cards 9♦ 9♠ . On the last club North must pitch from 108♦ ,J♠ , with declarer pitching her last spade the K6♦ are left. North is squeezed.
It's best for North to duck the Q♠ at trick four. But that doesn't save him. Declarer now has 10 tricks. If she ends in dummy, the 3 card ending forces North to hold A♠ 108♦ . Declarer discarding behind him holds K10♠ K♦ . A spade lead from dummy now gives declarer the last two tricks.
Some declarers received a small diamond lead from south and easily made 11 tricks. You weren't so lucky. Can you find a way to get that trick back? 9♠ ,J♠ ,K♠, A♠ ; A♣ ,2♣ ,4♣ ,3♣ ; 5♣ ,J♣ ,Q♣ ,K♣ . North returns the J♦ , Q♦ ,K♦ ,4♦ ; and the 2♦ ,6♦ , 9♦ , STOP and COUNT. You have lost 2 tricks, won 2 tricks and have 8 more winners. Winning the A♦ now "rectifies the count", establishing the first requirement for a simple squeeze. Now figure out who you are squeezing, and how to take your winners to force the opponents to give up the 11th trick.
You have the rest if clubs break 3-3, but south's play of the J♣ suggests he's out. So north is likely to have 2 clubs remaining. He also likely has the 10♦ . If so, his perverbial goose is cooked! Take your remaining major suit winners, ending in your hand. Your (east) last three cards are A♥ , 7♦ , 8♣ ; dummy 8♦ , Q10♣ ; north 10♦ , K9♣ . When the A♥ is played, pitch the 8♦ from dummy. North must give up either the 10♦ or a club, allowing you to score that extra trick.
For more on Simple Squeezes see the article in the Library.
Bridge is a game of mistakes. Avoid them, you win, make them you lose, learn from them, you get better. Take this hand for example. Declarer needs to play the heart suit for one loser to make 3♣ . The plan is to eliminate spades and diamonds, forcing the opponents to break hearts. After winning the opening ♦ lead declarer plays A♣ and another club. East wins cashes her last club and exits a diamond, won in dummy. Declarer now plays A♠ , spade to the K♠ , ruffing the last spade in hand. Now exit a diamond, east wisely chosing not to cover, and west winnig with the 10♦ . West forced to lead a ♥ chooses the 6♥ , low J♥ , K♥ . Now a small ♥ from dummy, finessing the 10♥ , allows declarer to make the contract. Nice play by declarer, but west could do better!, and so could declarer!! Can you spot the mistakes?
There are only three spot cards west cannot see, the 2, 4, and 9. The only one that matters is the 9, and only if declarer has it. Therefore west should lead the 8♥ , forcing the 9♥ , J♥ , and K♥ . Now west can cover whatever dummy leads keeping declarer from establishing a second heart trick. This is a type of "surround play" , which doesnt come up often but can be a devistating tool for the defense. More on the "surround play" here. http://csbnews.org/the-defensive-surround-play/?lang=en
This article is about mistakes, and declarer made one as well. Did you spot it?
At trick two declarer should duck a trump to the defense, win the diamond return and now take the ♣ A, leaving west with the winning K♣ . Now play proceeds as before, with west this time leading the correct ♥ 8, ♥ 9, ♥ J, ♥ Q. But declarer now has the answer, throwing East in with the K♣ , forcing a fatal heart lead away from the A♥ or ruff and discard.
Did you learn from these mistakes?
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There are many resources available to assist bridge players in improving their game. Some of the best are available free and online. This month we highlight learning resources provided by "LEARNBRIDGE.NYC". Whether your interest is declarer play, conventions, defense, or strategy, LEARNBRIDGE.NYC can help. Click on the link image below to go directly to their site.
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