Plan the play

January 6, 2011 at 8:45 pm 4 comments

NORTH

s842
h1AK10863
d1AJ93
c

 

 

SOUTH

sAK
h1Q9
d1K74
cKQJ1083

Contract: 6NT
Opening lead: SQ

Plan the play

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Ben Thompson  |  January 7, 2011 at 3:01 pm

    I win and play out CK, CQ, CJ pitching 1H and 2S (in that order, assuming they duck). I don’t need 6H to make but I may need 5.

    If C are 4-3 or the 9 drops, I’m home. If not, assume they win the CA (or they may be giving me some extra chances) and exit … a S.

    Now I cash HQAK. If they’re 3-2 or the J drops, I’m home. The 3rd H may have executed a D/C squeeze.

    If H don’t break, back to DK and cash the C winner, which may be executing a H/D squeeze. or D may be 3-3. I’ll need to assume the D finesse is working at this point.

    There are some layouts where it goes a bit differently (eg RHO shows out on the 1st H … which is a small problem with Khokan’s line)

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    • 2. khokan  |  January 7, 2011 at 4:27 pm

      Ben, what are you going to pitch from dummy on the spade return after you find out the clubs don’t break? I think you’re running into bigger problems than me, having to decide prematurely whether hearts or diamonds is the suit for extra tricks, whereas I give up on 5-0 hearts onside.

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      • 3. Jenny Thompson  |  January 7, 2011 at 9:04 pm

        Yeah, fair call. So play 2 top clubs, ditching a heart and a spade, then HAQ, then the 3rd (big) club

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  • 4. khokan  |  January 7, 2011 at 11:47 am

    I’d take a simple line. Win SA. Heart to HA and back to HQ. Assuming they don’t break, I play clubs, keeping dummy’s diamonds intact. This way I make if:

    (1) Hearts break
    (2) Clubs break
    (3) H/D squeeze (assuming diamond finesse works)
    (4) C/D squeeze (assuming diamond finesse works)
    (5) 3-3 diamonds (assuming diamond finesse works)

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