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DELAWARE STATE BRIDGE CHAMPIONSHIP
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Friday 05/12 Board 4 Bridge Studio

This is the case of the vanishing loser.  The defense starts by leading two spades and then the 8 from south. You have lost two tricks and it appears you have at least one trump loser and a diamond loser.  How do you proceed?

There are two choices.  You can play the 10 finessing the QJ .  For that to be right south must be underleading both, not likely. The other chance takes a bit more imagination. What if trump break 3-2 and the defender with the long trump can't lead diamonds, or clubs.  Aha! They will be forced to lead a spade allowing a ruff and discard of that meddlesome diamond. So, rise with the A , cash two rounds of trump, Then the K (a doubleton diamond is more likely than singleton) then run the clubs. If a defender ruffs in and is also out of diamonds, they will be forced to lead a spade. If all four clubs win, pitch a diamond on the fourth club and lead a trump. The defender who wins and is out of diamonds will be forced to give you a ruff and discard.

This is a classic position that occurs more often than one might thinksmiley

 

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Monday Evening 05/08 Board 8 Bridge Studio

Many good players I know consider North's hand too strong for a weak 2♠ .  After the 1♠ opener south can visualize slam possibities. 

East favors you with the 6 lead. (A diamond lead would be troublesome).  East leads low from honor, second high from 4 small.  Whats your plan.  You play the 7 from dummy, which draws the 10 covered by the KWhat next?

Double Dummy Alert:  Six spades can be made after a diamond lead.  See if you can find the winning line looking at all four handsdevil

You have a club loser and diamond loser. Nothing can be done about the club loser but the diamond could be discarded on the fourth round of clubs, or a good heart.  An immediate low club to dummy might work, if east has the A♣ and rises.  But if east ducks or west wins and switches to a diamond you may not be able to take advantage of the heart option. 

West likely holds the Q and it can be ruffed out setting up a heart winner.  So draw trump, play a heart to the ace and play the J (or 9), and ruff the Q .  The A  provides an entry to the good fourth heart.

After a diamond lead, you can still set up the fourth heart but dont have the diamond entry, so win the K , play to A and another , ruffing.  Now draw two rounds of trump ending in dummy, play the J pitching a diamond.   East with the last spade  must follow suit.  Now ruff a diamond and claim.

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Saturday PM 05/20 Board 28 Wilmington Sectional

How to prevent an unblock.  It is safe to say most bridge players have not encountered this situation.  In 3NT North leads the ♠ K followed by the ♠ 10.  As declarer what card do you play at trick two?

Most declarers would duck the second club, hoping clubs are 6-3 and east cant return a club after winng the ♠ A.  But what if west's ♣ 10 is his lowest?  Now when declarer ducks at trick two and wins at trick three, the defense has a chance.....

When declarer play spades east must hold up until the third round, giving west the chance to discard his fourth club.  Now East can win two clubs and set the contract. 

If declarer wins at trick two, he defeats this defense. West cannot afford to discard two clubs, as it would make declarers 9 a winner.  Should declarer know to wing trick two? I'll let you decide.

Thursday 05/04 Board 2 Bridge studio

East leads 2♣ of clubs, west winning the KA♣ .

Now West can:

1. Lead a trump.

2. Force declare to ruff a club with the singleton spade.

3. Put declarer in dummy with a red card.

What do you choose and why?

Bridge is a fascinating game; and part of the fascination is there is no end to the challenges confronting even the best players. Consider East’s dilemma. On the bidding declarer holds at a minimum six very good spades, more likely seven, and possibly eight.  Partner therefore can hold at most three, and maybe only one. Declarer may have no trump losers, but then again what if he is missing the K, or Q?

Then west might hold Qx or K.  You wouldn’t want to force declarer to lead high trumps from his hand because that could be the only winning choice.  So east craftily leads a red card to dummy’s K, hoping declarer will finesse.

But….declarer knows east to be an excellent player, who holding the Qxx would surely have led a club forcing the ruff in dummy, thereby eliminating the finesse.  Therefore, declarer leads the 8 of spades and confidently plays the AK of spades capturing the Queen offside.  It’s quite a game!

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Wednesday 05/10 Board 8 Bridge Studio

Forunately you stopped in 3♠ as that is tough enough to make.  East leads the Q .  Did you cover? West plays the A and returns the 2♣ .  Do you play low or play J♣ ? West plays the K♣ and you play the A♣ .  Now lead a spade to your K♠ and West's A♠ .  West now leads J .  Plan the rest.

If you covered the Q you are in trouble.  If not, play the K now.  West will ruff and lead a trump. East show out, so west holds a winning trump.  Cash the A and put west back in with a trump.  If west has the 10♣ they are endplayed........since you had the forsight to play a high club at trick two.  They must lead a club or a diamond.  If its a diamond, you can discard a heart and a club from your hand on the KJ .  If its a club, play low from your hand winning with the 8♣ , and pitch your losing heart on the K

There are two lessons in the play that are useful.  The first is when to play the K . It shouldn't be played at trick one because east surely as the A and might only have one or two hearts and have to play it anyway. When hearts are played the second time covering forces west to ruff with a natural trump winner AND forces the lead into west's hand.

The second involves which club to play at trick two. If you play low , and west has the 10♣  you win 3 clubs but can never get to the K .  If you play high and west has the 10♣ west is likely to be endplayed, either with a winning trump or the 10♣ . If the trump break you can afford the club loser if it forces west to lead diamonds.  

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Wednesday 05/17 Board 19 Bridge Studio

Its not often a defender is squeezed in three suits at trick five. After leading a spade, west must find two discards as south runs hearts. The first discard of a diamond comes easy. The second?

In practice most wests will part with a spade.  Then comes four rounds of spades. On the fourth round west, who can see the club situation parts with a second diamond.

Declarer now holds  Qxx ♣ Qx opposite  A ♣ AKxx. When declarer leads to the A , west  is done!  The Q becomes the 13th trick.

Lets say a clever west decides to discard two diamonds immediately. Now the six card ending ♠ 7  Qxx ♣ Qx opposite  A ♣ AKxxx with west ♠ 8  K ♣ Jxxx. Now declarer should still cash the  A before playing clubs, and again west's goose is cooked. The  K drops, the result of squeeze #1. Declarer comes to his hand with the ♣ Q and plays the  Q. West must give up the last spade, or a club.  Squeeze #2.

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DSBA Southern Sectional July 27, 28, 29 , 2017
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SAVE THE DATE!  SAVE THE DATE!  SECTIONAL AT THE BEACH, IN BEACH SEASON. FOLLOW THE LINK BELOW FOR DETAILED INFORMATION.

 

Southern Sectional 2017

 

Results
Apr 29, 2017
Eight is Enough North
Mar 7, 2017
299er Stratified Pairs
Mar 7, 2017
299er Sectional Pairs
Feb 26, 2017
A/X SWISS TEAMS / BCD Teams
Feb 25, 2017
FLIGHT A/X PAIRS
Feb 25, 2017
FLIGHT A/X PAIRS
Feb 24, 2017
STRATIFIED OPEN PAIRS
Feb 24, 2017
STRATIFIED OPEN PAIRS
Sep 18, 2016
Diamond State Sectional Sunday Swiss Teams Flights A/X and B/C/D
Sep 17, 2016
Diamond State Sectional Sat AM + Aft StratFL A/X and B/C/D Pairs with Regional Rating (Session 2 of 2) or single session stratified side game Open or 199er pairs
Sep 16, 2016
Diamond State Sectonal Fri AM Strat Open and 199er Pairs (Single Session)
Sep 16, 2016
Diamond State Sectional Fri Aft Strat Open and 199er Pairs (Single Session)
Aug 27, 2016
DE State Open Pairs Championship, session one of two, open and 99 er pairs
Aug 27, 2016
DE State Open Pairs Championship, session one of two, open and 99 er pairs
Aug 27, 2016
DE State Open Pairs Championship, session two of two, open and 99 er pairs
Calendar
Jul 27, 2017
Stratified Open Pairs
Lewes Presbyterian Church 10:00 AM
Jul 27, 2017
Stratified 199er Pairs
Lewes Presbyterian Church 10:00 AM
Jul 27, 2017
Stratified Open Pairs
Lewes Presbyterian Church 3:00 PM
Director: TBD
Host: DSBA
Jul 28, 2017
Stratified Open Pairs
Lewes Presbyterian Church 10:00 AM
Director: TBD
Jul 28, 2017
Stratified 199er Pairs
Lewes Presbyterian Church 3:00 PM
Director: TBD
Jul 28, 2017
Stratified Open Pairs
Lewes Presbyterian Church 3:00 PM
Jul 28, 2017
Statified 199er Pairs
Lewes Presbyterian Church 10:00 AM
Jul 29, 2017
A/X SWISS TEAMS -TWO SESSIONS
Lewes Presbyterian Church 10:00 AM
Director: TBD
Jul 29, 2017
B/C/D SWISS TEAMS -TWO SESSIONS
Lewes Presbyterian Church 10:00 AM
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The Dummy MAY 2017
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MAY 2017 DUMMY

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DSBA Southern Sectional July 27, 28, 29 , 2017
DSBA Southern Sectional July 27, 28, 29 , 2017

SAVE THE DATE!  SAVE THE DATE!  SECTIONAL AT THE BEACH, IN BEACH SEASON. FOLLOW THE LINK BELOW FOR DETAILED INFORMATION.

 

Southern Sectional 2017

 

Results
Apr 29, 2017
Eight is Enough North
Mar 7, 2017
299er Stratified Pairs
Mar 7, 2017
299er Sectional Pairs
Feb 26, 2017
A/X SWISS TEAMS / BCD Teams
Feb 25, 2017
FLIGHT A/X PAIRS
Feb 25, 2017
FLIGHT A/X PAIRS
Feb 24, 2017
STRATIFIED OPEN PAIRS
Feb 24, 2017
STRATIFIED OPEN PAIRS
Sep 18, 2016
Diamond State Sectional Sunday Swiss Teams Flights A/X and B/C/D
Sep 17, 2016
Diamond State Sectional Sat AM + Aft StratFL A/X and B/C/D Pairs with Regional Rating (Session 2 of 2) or single session stratified side game Open or 199er pairs
Sep 16, 2016
Diamond State Sectonal Fri AM Strat Open and 199er Pairs (Single Session)
Sep 16, 2016
Diamond State Sectional Fri Aft Strat Open and 199er Pairs (Single Session)
Aug 27, 2016
DE State Open Pairs Championship, session one of two, open and 99 er pairs
Aug 27, 2016
DE State Open Pairs Championship, session one of two, open and 99 er pairs
Aug 27, 2016
DE State Open Pairs Championship, session two of two, open and 99 er pairs
Calendar
Jul 27, 2017
Stratified Open Pairs
Lewes Presbyterian Church 10:00 AM
Jul 27, 2017
Stratified 199er Pairs
Lewes Presbyterian Church 10:00 AM
Jul 27, 2017
Stratified Open Pairs
Lewes Presbyterian Church 3:00 PM
Director: TBD
Host: DSBA
Jul 28, 2017
Stratified Open Pairs
Lewes Presbyterian Church 10:00 AM
Director: TBD
Jul 28, 2017
Stratified 199er Pairs
Lewes Presbyterian Church 3:00 PM
Director: TBD
Jul 28, 2017
Stratified Open Pairs
Lewes Presbyterian Church 3:00 PM
Jul 28, 2017
Statified 199er Pairs
Lewes Presbyterian Church 10:00 AM
Jul 29, 2017
A/X SWISS TEAMS -TWO SESSIONS
Lewes Presbyterian Church 10:00 AM
Director: TBD
Jul 29, 2017
B/C/D SWISS TEAMS -TWO SESSIONS
Lewes Presbyterian Church 10:00 AM