How do you play this?

May 10, 2010 at 10:06 pm 5 comments

Your fine slam bidding has landed you in 6C:



You’d keep your record intact by going down, but. It’s the last board of the match, Versace is on opening lead and probably laughing at you. He leads the club four….

The auction, just in case you aren’t laughing enough yet:


Wherein 2H was g/f, 3D and 3S were cues and 4C was RKC.


Entry filed under: bidding, declarer play.

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5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. phil markey  |  May 12, 2010 at 9:42 am

    versace has K54 of trumps and the king of diamonds – chook – spade lead was auto

    • 2. cathychua  |  May 12, 2010 at 7:01 pm

      That’s not actually a line, Phil.

  • 3. Rainer Herrmann  |  May 11, 2010 at 6:41 pm

    Tough to come up with a favorable layout, which will give you a chance in 6C.

    What about playing Versace for something like

    S: Hxx
    H: Hx
    D: 1098xx
    C: Kxx

    Play low in clubs and cash the diamond ace dropping the singleton King.
    Now play a second round of trumps and ruff two spades in hand using the diamond queen as an entry for the second spade ruff.
    Now cash your diamond jack discarding your last spade in dummy and then play a small heart from hand to establish a second heart trick.
    You get 6 club tricks, 3 diamond tricks, 1 spade and 2 heart tricks.

    Rainer Herrmann

  • 4. Ben Thompson  |  May 11, 2010 at 10:45 am

    It’s impossible to make if the C finesse loses, so we’ll start by assuming that works. Without overanalysing it, it looks at least extremely difficult to make if C’s are 4-1 (and also very unlikely on the lead), so we’ll assume 3-2.

    D’s can’t be played for 5 tricks, so I’m either going to have to lose one to take 4, or ruff one. Trick count: 4C, 4D, SA, HA, 1 ruff = 11. One more is going to come from either a 2nd S ruff or a 2nd H trick.

    A squeeze for the 12th trick is extremely unlikely. It’s going to need one player to hold 6 S’s and HKQ (or honour-5th).

    I can see 2 small legit (or near-legit) chances:
    1) Play C9-10-Q, ruff a S (with the J for fun), take the C finesse again to board, ruff another S, play a D to board. This will need D 3-3 with K on my left (or they can play a H to wreck my comms), and LHO also with 3S exactly. I could play the D to board earlier, but I need the same layout. Not quite legit because it needs RHO to cover the C9
    2) Draw trumps via the finesse, then play DQ. RHO will need Kxx. I ruff the D’s good then lead HJ. Later, I repeat the H finesse.

    (1) and (2) are the same in minor-suit requirements (C 3-2 with the K on side, and D 3-3 with the K in the correct hand) ignoring the need for RHO to cover C9 in (1). But (2) is very much better on its last requirement – one of HKQ onside (76%), versus exactly 3S with LHO (~24%). All up, looks about 4.5% for line (2).

    I play C9 to induce the cover, so I can tell RHO he misdefended later if (1) was working (as he points to the scoreboard). Then I play for (2).

  • 5. Jonathan Mestel  |  May 11, 2010 at 4:46 am

    Presumably the lead must be from Kxx. My instinct is to lead a low
    D to table, but I can’t think of a lie where that works. I shall play for
    DKxx onside. and C3-2. Probably we can augment that slightly
    with what was doubtless the actual lie.

    I was in a worse grand the other day. But you wouldn’t want to know about that.


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