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Lead: ♠ 2

Contract: 4 

This was a hand that took my eye from the Monday (20/9) game at Brunton and I noted that nobody was in 3NT and no-one in the heart game made their contract.

Count your top tricks by power - that is tricks that you have NOW.

Add tricks from other sources. Tricks by power, length and possible tricks by position

Loser check. Count your losers if there are too many reduce your losers before you lose the lead.
Manage - work out which hand you need to be in at a certain time and then which order you are going to take your tricks.

How do you play the hand?

Count your top tricks by power - that is tricks that you have NOW.

1 spade, 3 hearts and 1 club = 5 tricks.

Add tricks from other sources. Tricks by power, length and possible tricks by position

2 slow tricks by power in clubs and possibly a trick by position (if I am finessing in clubs I need to get to the table.

Tricks by length - hopefully 3 in trumps.

Total = 10

Loser check. Count your losers if there are too many reduce your losers before you lose the lead.

2 spades, 1 diamond and if the club finesse does not work I am not making this contract, so it MUST work think positive.


Manage - work out which hand you need to be in at a certain time and then which order you are going to take your tricks.

It makes no difference which spade you are going to win so you might as well take the first one. We are then going to break the rules (honours from the short hand first) and play  K and the a heart to the Ace. We now lead the ♣ J and if South plays low run it.When the finesse works we play a club to the queen. Draw the last trumps & claim.