3NT, your play.

April 16, 2009 at 10:26 am 3 comments

Bd 10
Dlr E
All Vul





Sitting West, you open 1NT and partner’s 3NT ends proceedings.
North begins with the S4, fourths.

Are there best cunning ways of playing this, by one minor or the other at trick two? And if so, which one? And how? And from where? Or is it best simply to run hearts and hope the discards are to your advantage?

Entry filed under: declarer play.

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Ian Thomson  |  April 16, 2009 at 7:26 pm

    I will win spaded K and play JD – in essence I am playing for CQ onside and CA offside if spades are 5-2 and if first D ducked all round I will go down if D 5-2 with south holding AKxxx.

    This line is probably ok if D honours are split. Playing clubs before D may set up too many tricks for thr defence.

  • 2. Jonathan  |  April 16, 2009 at 6:56 pm

    We will play the 9 and await RHO’s count card. If he shows an odd number the minors are our worry and it’s tempting to win with the Q and play a D to try to knock out RHO’s D-entry.

    If he shows an even number then spades are our biggest worry.

    It must be right to run the hearts then. Even if LHO has 2 entries we have play e.g. Jxxxx xx Kxx AQx .

    In fact I’ve persuaded myself it’s best to run the hearts even if spades are 4-3; but it costs nothing to wait to see RHO’s card before thinking.

    Give LHO Jxxxx xx Kx Qxxx for example and we must
    squeeze some of these long cards out of them before committing ourselves. In fact, if they both throw spades
    we should cash our spades too.

    So: one line answer: run the hearts. Best techinically, and no easier to defend against than a cunning minor ploy. Jonathan

  • 3. phil markey  |  April 16, 2009 at 1:12 pm

    i like cashing hearts – cunning is good when your legitimate chances are bad

    i nearly rose king of spades and led a diamond – then i remembered that its not neccesary to see the mistakes your opponents are going to make by cashing your long suits


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