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The contract is 4 hearts by South and West leads the K of spades. You count 4 losers and take the Ace of spades on the 1st round. Is it possible to ruff any of the losers? No. So how can we rid our selves of at least 1 loser, enabling us to make our contract?
Our only possible way to pitch 1 loser is to establish a winner in the dummy and the only possible suit is our 5 card diamond suit. In order to accomplish this feat we must ruff 3 diamonds (and must have the diamond suit split 3-4 in our opponent's hands.)
Now remember we must enter the dummy at least 4 times to lead diamonds. Be very careful. You must use the diamond Ace to enter once and use your trump suit to enter the 3 additional times.
Play the diamond 9 from your hand and win with dummy's Ace, next lead a diamond from the dummy and ruff in your hand, (now if you ruffed with a low trump, you will not make your contract). You must ruff with a high trump and then lead a low trump and winning in the dummy. Repeat this play 2 more times and then pitch one of your losers on the 5th diamond. (Careful is as Careful does).
The contract is 6 clubs by south. West leads the Q of spades.
We have 2 losers in our hand. We wish to pitch the 2 losers on the KQ of diamonds in dummy. If you blithely went ahead and drew trumps, the small slam would be unmakeable. You must find a way to enter dummy to play the KQ of diamonds. But how?
Can you gain entry through the spade or heart or diamond suits? No. How about the trump suit? Upon a closer look, we find that the 10 of trumps will prevent us from entering the dummy on the first round of trumps,but after the 10 has been played, then the remaining trump in dummy will allow us to enter dummy providing we have a lower trump in our hand.
So, our first play must be the diamond Ace, (unblocking the suit) and then the 2nd play is the club 5 and then covered with dummy's 7. If the opponents have not played the 10, you are now in dummy and will play your KQ of diamonds (pitching the 2 losers from your hand). But if the opponents have played the 10, then you will lose the first trick, and then when back on lead, you will play your club 8 from your hand and overtake with dummy's club 9. You are now in dummy, and able to pitch your losers on the diamond K&Q.
Note the importance of making your plan BEFORE you draw trumps.
South must make 7 hearts when West leads the King of clubs. This hand was presented to our Tuesday night players Oct 29 and a free play was offered for the first player to find the solution.
South is in 4 spades and the king of hearts was led by west. After the Dummy came down, South counted his losers and determined that he had 1 club, 1 diamond and 1 heart loser. 4 spades looked like a lock and south proceeded to cover the heart king with dummy's ace where it was promptly ruffed by East. A diamond was returned and all of a sudden the contract was in jeopardy. Now in order to make 4 spades, he had to hope the diamond king was on side for a finesse or the club queen was on side for a finesse. Alas, it was not to be and the contract went down one. What happened? Well South was complacent and didn't review the auction. If he had, he would have realized that East was void in hearts and if allowed to get in lead with a ruff he would likely return a diamond, and possibly sinking the contract. He should have refused to play the ace on the first and second leads by West and then over-ruff East's ruff of Dummy's ace on West's third lead of hearts. This would keep East off the lead until South is able to clear the trump suit and then lead the jack of clubs toward Dummy for a finesse. When East wins the queen, she will return a diamond, but now south should refuse to finesse the queen and instead, go directly up with the ace. He now will play his club 10, then crossover to dummy's ace and discard his diamond queen on the king of clubs! The lesson here is to review the auction prior to making your plan. Your partner will greatly appreciate it.
Last night on Board #15, North opened with 2 Clubs (23 points).
South has 6 hearts but only 2 points.
Does South respond with 2 Diamonds, or with 2 Hearts?
The only time responder should bid 2H, 2S, 3C, or 3D is when he has 8 hcp minimum with a 5+ card suit and the 8 hcp should be in that suit.
On hand 20 we discussed it and thought we might have reached 5 spades but not 6. The actual bidding was as follows: North opened 1 club, south responded 1 spade, north bid 2 spades and south bid 4 spades.
If south had instead bid 4 NT (1430) North would have bid 5 clubs (1 or 4) and south would have bid 5 spades.
Can you advise on how North/South should bid Board 12 from last night:
West opened with a weak 2 Spade bid.
Should North overcall with 3 Clubs (and then South respond with 3 Hearts)?
Or should North do a take-out double looking for South's longest suit?
Thanks for your input.
How would you suggest bidding Hand 15 from last night? Bidding was all over the map, we ended up in 3 clubs and made 5 for a poor score. I think the bidding went 1D by south, pass by west, pass by north, X by East (should she have over called 2NT?) 2D by south, 3clubs by West.
Hi Wayne, I would like to know the correct bidding procedure for hand # 17 from January 22.
Hi Wayne, Might I nominate hand 27 tonight for the hand of the week? There was a slam but no partnership bid it. Someone suggested it was a Jacoby 2NT, but it seems better suited to a splinter bid. In either case, or another way, how does the partnership get to 6H? Many thanks.
A partnership asked 'How should EW bid their hands when N opens 2S?'
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