May 12, 2010 at 7:14 pm 2 comments

See the last post for the problem and the comments on how to play 6C by West on a club lead. I was sitting there thinking that you win in hand, ruff a spade and play a diamond, which certainly works on the hand, though it looks like Ben has a better idea. In practice something horrible happened: partner drew three rounds of trumps and ran the queen of diamonds. Versace won and exited a diamond. Now on the run of the diamonds both defenders bared down to a singleton heart! Contract made. To show just HOW ridiculous it was to bid that high, in the other room the opponents got to 3C making 11 tricks.

Match convincingly lost.

NORTH

sK107
h1K1052
d1K108
cK54

WEST

s2
h1A94
d1AJ752
cQJ73

EAST

sA654
h1J106
d1Q4
cA986

SOUTH

sQJ983
h1Q73
d1963
c102

See you tomorrow.

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Entry filed under: bidding, Cayne matches, declarer play.

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  • 1. Rainer Herrmann  |  May 13, 2010 at 3:16 pm

    Sorry, but I think this analysis (and part of Ben’s) is flawed.
    There is absolutely no legitimate way of getting 12 tricks from this layout. Your partner did extremely well to induce a defensive error.
    Once you have to loose a diamond trick to establish diamonds, the defense only needs to return a heart to mangle your communications.
    Now you have at most 4 diamond tricks and 2 tricks in the majors. So you would need 6 tricks from trumps.
    But after a heart return the entry situation is hopeless.
    There is no way you can ruff 2 spades and draw trumps before enjoying the diamonds.

    The only legitimate layouts I can see for getting 12 tricks is the trump situation as it actually happened and no immediate loser in diamonds, which means that East must hold the king of diamonds
    1) either king third
    2) or the singleton king (see my previous comment).

    From these 2 layouts the former is of course much more likely a priory but begs the question whether a world class player would lead a trump when holding 3 small in diamonds.

    Rainer Herrmann

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  • 2. phil markey  |  May 13, 2010 at 10:45 am

    well i did say he would have K54 of trumps and the king of diamonds

    i think a spade is better with his hand – your almost certainly going to have a short spade on the auction – leading a club here says i have Kxx trump and probably the king of diamonds

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