11 “Regulars” convened for another friendly debrief session. We discussed:-
HAND OF THE WEEK - Board #4
Bidding and making 4S was not easy… North’s hand qualifies for a 2C opener on most criteria. South responds 2D,
North rebids 2S, and South’s best bid is 4S. The only way to make it is to do a ruffing finesse of the QH.
North has 4 losers…1 diamond and 3 clubs…ruffing the 4th club won’t work if the defence leads trumps. To ruff the 3rd round of hearts requires 2 entries to dummy…the only option is to lead a low spade and finesse the 9S (after first playing AK of hearts, of course!)…a very tricky hand to play…
We again discussed some common plays…
How would you play xxx across from KQJx? Assuming entries, and no information from the bidding, it is correct to lead small towards KQJ, if necessary several times.
There is no way to win 3 tricks if A10xx sits over the KQJ We know missing 6 cards in a suit they will divide 4-2 just under 50% of the time. Leading from the strong hand loses a trick uncomfortably often. Similarly, one would lead up to K when you have KQxx opposite Jxx, and do it again. And you would lead up to the J when Jxx sits opposite AQxx…in each situation, making 3 tricks is easy if they are split 3-3…..but the above advice improves your chances if the split is 4-2. Beware the singleton, or doubleton honour….with QJxx facing A10xx, play small towards the 10….similarly, with 9xx opposite AQ10x play small to the 10.
Kxxx opposite Qxxx is difficult…the only way to make 3 tricks in this suit is to correctly guess who has the Ace; play through them; and then when they duck, come back and duck, hoping they are Ax doubleton. With A10x opposite K9x, the only option to make 3 tricks is to make the opponents play the suit first, and hope for split honours.
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