Play problem answer

May 15, 2009 at 7:32 am 1 comment

BBO Practice Match
Australia (PABF) vs Victorian Open Team
Board 13
All Vul
Dealer North

NORTH

sQ842
h1K62
d13
cK9765

WEST

sKJ107
h110875
d1Q87
cJ4

EAST

sA93
h1QJ
d1AK42
cA1032

SOUTH

s65
h1A943
d1J10965
cQ8

At both tables North begins with pass and NS then pass throughout.

In one room the auction is:

1C….1H
2NT..3C
3D…3S
3NT

In the other:

1D….1H
2NT…3D
3NT

Contract: 3NT
Opening Lead: DJ

I have no information as to the meaning of the auctions.

The play begins the same at both tables and as both declarers have played for Australia we’ll follow their judgment: the jack of diamonds is led and run to the king. Your queen of hearts is won by RHO’s king and he shifts to clubs. LHO wins the queen. Neither declarer unblocked the club, though I supposed it could be considered. LHO shifts back to diamonds.

North discards the H6 as you win – where? And to do what?

In one room Simon Hinge was declarer. He won the diamond shift in hand (North pitched a heart) and played the HQ which South took. He won the next diamond in dummy, North discarding a club. Spade to the ace and a spade finesse saw North in. He exited a spade…it was this position that prompted Simon to wonder about that first round of clubs since, if he had unblocked the jack, he would now be making instead of down one.

In the other room Tony Nunn was declarer. He won the diamond in dummy, played the jack of clubs, covered and won. Next the queen of hearts was ducked. He finessed a spade to North and claimed nine tricks.

In effect Tony did unblock the clubs, but I guess he did it in a rather safer manner than did Simon, by keeping it when it was still, after all, a trick by weight and then sorting the suit out pronto.

Any sympathy for Simon? When he gave me the hand I think he was hoping for some….

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  • 1. Ben Thompson  |  May 15, 2009 at 10:23 am

    What club did North switch to? Perhaps the 6, which would have “felt” high, although with the 2, 3 and 4 in sight, it was actually pretty low.

    Anyway, if North had nothing in clubs, he would have switched to a clearly high one, so the CK looks like it should be with him.

    I guess Tony read that, hence his line.

    The H6 pitch is also pretty illuminating. North would have either 3 or 5 for that pitch. The club pips from North may help you out here (I guess he ditched the C5 on the 3rd diamond).

    If it’s 3, South has 9 red cards, so the indicated line after winning DQ would be to run CJ. If it’s covered, play a spade to the J and claim. If it’s not covered, cash the H10 squeezing North.

    If it’s 5 … same, actually, but if the CJ isn’t covered (unlikely), you cash H10 and exit a heart to endplay North.

    If you’re dead keen to play spades, it must be because you think North has small clubs and South has KQ. On shape and strength (more so if I’m in the 1C auction), North is more likely to have SQ, so running SJ 1st up seems a better play. H10 next seems right to clarify things, and you’ll discover, probably to your surprise, the heart layout. Now the odds heavily favour revising your opinion about clubs and running the CJ.

    So do I have sympathy for Simon? Well, just a little. I guess I can imagine that he thought North was 3514 with small clubs, and South was 3253 with CKQx. Even money in the spades, and more expensive to lose the finesse to South, so you get the spades wrong.

    Still, I think that’s likely to have been a flawed read in the clubs, and even then is anti-percentage in spades.

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