Plan the play

February 22, 2011 at 2:14 am 4 comments

Sorry, comments suppressed for a bit in case anybody wants a go at this one. I don’t know how to suppress comments for one post only and as you know I’m in bed while a lot of you are awake at the moment, so apologies for delays in approving comments on other posts…I’ll try to get up in the middle of the night in case (!)

Well…we could have some bridge, just for a change. Not that the arguments won’t continue, I hope.





West North East South
All Pass

Contract: 3S
Opening lead: S3


Entry filed under: declarer play.

Issues about how to better our bridge at the top IX I should have stayed in bed.

4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. david  |  February 23, 2011 at 11:08 pm

    ok cathy.

    i play a club from hand at trick two.
    Which one? well if 33 doesn’t matter. i think K is better in case the guy has Axxx over me.


  • 2. Bill Jacobs  |  February 23, 2011 at 2:12 pm

    All right, I’ll take pity and have a go.

    Only on paper, I’ll guess West for 2443 shape, with both club ace and diamond king. Win the spade in hand, play club king. I’m going to trust West to win that with the ace and return something other than the diamond king.

    So I’ll subsequently play another club, then use my two entries to dummy to ruff the clubs good. Either well played, or a total idiot, with West starting with xx-AQxx-Kxx-QJxx.

  • 3. Ben Thompson  |  February 23, 2011 at 8:40 am

    Ok, ok, I thought everyone would be sick of me by now, but I’ll comment just so Cathy can get out of bed.

    You’ll have to burn an entry to play a club towards the K, so you won’t be able to set the suit up for pitches. That means you’ll need DK onside as well as CA. 26% (the key cards would be in different hands, so it’s slightly better than 25%).

    If you win the S in hand and play a club, you’ll have SJ as a later entry to (hopefully) set a club trick up (maybe via a ruffing finesse, depending on how things go). Unless they defend sloppily, you’ll still need DK onside, but this C play is a touch better than the 50% finesse, so you’re better off.

  • 4. khokan  |  February 23, 2011 at 7:15 am

    Given the trump lead, East seems to hold at least one high heart honour. It’s therefore very unlikely that east holds the CA. There are two plausible layouts that could allow 3S to make (both rely on the diamond finesse working):

    (1) Clubs are 3-3. You can win the spade in hand and play a club, winning the next spade in hand and leading another club, eventually setting up the suit.

    (2) Winning the SJ on the table and running the C10, playing east for a doubleton CJ or CQ.

    I favour the second line – I wasn’t dealt the C10/9 for nothing!! Both these lines rely on EW allowing a late diamond entry to the table.


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