Careful does it. Answer.

October 8, 2009 at 12:20 pm 5 comments

NORTH

s105
h1A
d1J10972
cAK1064

WEST

sA932
h1KQJ8642
d1A
c5

EAST

sK876
h1
d1K6543
cQ973

SOUTH

sQJ4
h1109753
d1Q8
cJ82

The question was how to play 3H after North has overcalled 1H with 2NT and your 3H rebid ends proceedings.

See yesterday’s post for interesting comments on this. At the table David Beckett took Phil’s line. Big spade from hand, another to table and then back to hand for a low heart to drop the bare ace. A handy swing when 4H went three down undoubled in the other room.

By a strange coincidence I got to play 3H on a not dissimilar hand last night:

VBA
Pennant Session one
Bd 25
Dealer North
EW Vul

NORTH

sA6
h1KQ98752
d110
cKQ4

WEST

sQ72
h1J1043
d1A8543
c102

EAST

sK1054
h1A6
d1AKJ7
c876

SOUTH

sJ983
h1
d1Q962
cAJ953

West…..North….East…..South
…………1H……..Dble……1S
Pass…..3H……..All Pass

The opening lead was a big diamond and then a spade shift to the nine, queen and ace. Presumably the right way to play hearts is from the top, generally making when they are 3-3 or minor honour is doubleton. Yes? But I had low on the brain after watching David’s play on the weekend and, so floated a high heart pip to the ten. A spade to the king and another spade gave me this interesting option. Now I could win the spade, discarding a big club, and via diamond ruffs and the two club entries, coup RHO. This must be wrong in practice as the opponents could have shifted to a club instead of a spade and then you are an entry short…but still, I couldn’t resist and indeed it was the line to come home.

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Careful does it. Bridge, heart, caring.

5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. khokan  |  October 14, 2009 at 1:15 pm

    My earlier analysis might be oversimplified. The vigorish for coming out a heart honour, rather than a low one, is when north holds a stiff H7. Both lines work when north holds a stiff HA, 10 or 9 and neither line works against best defence when north holds a stiff 5 or 3.

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    • 2. phil markey  |  October 15, 2009 at 9:43 am

      hmmm – i think your a bit right

      with a stiff 7 cant south overtake the heart cash a spade exit a minor and wait for 2 heart tricks ? – not tough defence

      when north has a stiff A 10 or 9 its cold paying a big or little heart given what we know about the shape

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      • 3. khokan  |  October 15, 2009 at 9:55 am

        It’s not good enough to overtake the H7 because declarer can come out the H6 or H8 from hand to endplay south, even if south cashes a spade.

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  • 4. khokan  |  October 13, 2009 at 2:53 pm

    On the original hand, while cashing SAK, then DK, and ruffing a club looks right to begin with, exiting a low trump from hand looks wrong, as a small singleton three times as likely as the singleton ace. Additionally, if north started with a small singleton heart, you don’t have the entries to coup south. However, if you exit with a heart honour, you can make whatever north’s singleton is – try it.

    It seems that David Beckett got lucky.

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  • 5. phil markey  |  October 8, 2009 at 1:36 pm

    well stiff ace isnt neccesary for the 2155 line to work – stiff ten or 9 of hearts is good too as it is the extra endplay to score 5 trumps to go with 2 spades and 2 diamonds

    Reply

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