Plan the play continued.

January 8, 2011 at 4:08 am 2 comments


NORTH

s842
h1AK10863
d1AJ93
c

WEST

sQJ107
h14
d1Q85
cA9752

EAST

s9653
h1J752
d11062
c64

SOUTH

sAK
h1Q9
d1K74
cKQJ1083

Contract: 6NT
Opening lead: SQ

Plan the play.

Analysis of this hand is to be found in yesterday’s comments and it can be seen there is a complicated combination of possibilities to be catered for.

The hand comes from The Encyclopedia of Card Play Techniques in Bridge. This could be a bible. But in fact it misses for lack of a good editor who would tighten up the material.

Take this hand, for example. It is given as ‘discovery before committing to a line of play’.

The simplistic view, ignoring squeeze possiblities, is that if clubs don’t behave one needs hearts either two extra hearts or two extra diamonds. So, Reve’s argument is that one should play two rounds of hearts early, ending with the queen and then clubs. In this way declarer will know which red suit to discard if the clubs don’t break.

But in fact, declarer only ever needs five heart tricks, so a heart can always be thrown as the clubs are played.

In practise, this is not how one would analyse the hand at the table, as an early discovery play.

I’m going to give some more examples from this book, but for me, it is spoiled by such flaws. There is no reason why a perfect example of what he is trying to get across here couldn’t have been used. Whether this is because the author isn’t a good enough player, or whether the whole thing fell down at editorial level, I don’t know.

I would be interested, however, to know if other people have the same feeling about examples like this or whether you all think I’m being too fussy.

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. khokan  |  January 8, 2011 at 6:42 am

    I think you’re being too fussy and the author is essentially right. The main point of the hand is that it is a discovery play – you need to cash the hearts ending in hand before you make three discards from dummy. Otherwise, you won’t know whether to pitch a second heart on the clubs and spade, or a diamond. The additional squeeze possibilites don’t detract from the main message.

    Ben’s revised line is a slight improvement on mine (and Reve’s) because you get a slight extra chance if hearts are 5-0 onside, the diamond finesse works, and the opponents win the first or second club – a very small additional chance. Reve should have replaced the H10 in dummy with a small one for his analysis to be totally right.

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    • 2. cathyc  |  January 8, 2011 at 6:47 am

      Yes, I see….I was being lazy, thinking you could pitch 2 spades and a heart, but as you say, another discard will be forced before you know what next.

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