Four spade play problem

June 9, 2009 at 4:58 pm 4 comments

Actually, now that I think of it, a play problem:

Dlr East
EW Vul

WEST

sA86
h1A73
d1AK105
c987

EAST

sKJ1095
h1K94
d1Q3
cJ52

West……North…..East…..South
…………………….Pass…..Pass
1NT…….Pass…….2H…….Pass
2S………3D………3NT……Pass
4S………All Pass

Contract: 4S by West
Opening lead: D9

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Chris Mulley  |  June 9, 2009 at 5:22 pm

    This is an interesting auction. If I can presume that the opponents know what they are doing (always a dangerous assumption) then North rates to be “pre-balancing” – a hand that is short in spades but not suitable for any other action (a 2NT bid for the minors or a takeout double). J98xxx of diamonds is likely, possibly with a 1-3-6-3 or 1-2-6-4 shape, although it is possible that North will have four weak hearts, even if playing equal level perversion. Of course, their overcalling system over the strong NT is also going to be relevant.

    So, my plan is to win the DQ in dummy and run the SJ. Do I get to go two off when North wins the Queen, cashes three clubs and then give South a diamond ruff?

    Reply
  • 2. Bill Jacobs  |  June 9, 2009 at 5:05 pm

    Assuming imps,
    Diamond Queen.
    Spade Jack, low, low …

    But what was that 4S bid all about?

    Reply
    • 3. sartaj  |  June 9, 2009 at 5:38 pm

      Agree with all above. Plus what was that 3NT bid all about ?

      Reply
    • 4. cathychua  |  June 11, 2009 at 7:35 am

      Bill, See my response to Khokan for my reasoning.

      Reply

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