Answer to

Hand of the week commencing Sunday 30th  March 2008  

 

 

 

East Dealer

 A Q 5

 

 

 

Neither Vulnerable

 8 5 3 2

 

 

 

 

 A 10 9 3 2

 

 

 

 

 8

 

 

 

 

 

N

 

 

 J 3 2

 

 

 9 8 4

 7 6 4

 

W                          E

 J 10 9

 Q 8

 

 

 J 7 4

 A 9 7 6 2

 

 

 J 10 4 3

 

 

 

S

 

 

 

 

 K 10 7 6

 

 

 

Lead 6

 A K Q

 

 

 

 

 K 6 5

 

 

 

 

 K Q 5

 

 

                           

W

N

E

S

 

 

NO

2NT

NO

3*

NO

3

NO

3NT

NO

NO

NO

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Playing MPs what is safest way to  make 11 tricks (maybe 12)  ?

 

Playing MPs every overtrick is valuable and this hand is certainly no different from any other. Initially we have 9 top tricks after the lead.- 1 Club, 2 Diamonds, and 3 in each Major.

To increase our trick tally  we have several options. We can go after the Spades and hope that the Spades break 33 (36%) or the Spade Jack is doubleton. We can play three rounds of Hearts and hope they break 33 (36%) then our 13th one will be established or we can go after Diamonds. If we rely on the first two options and they both work then we will realize 2 extra tricks from the Majors.

 However, if  we can go after Diamonds and the suit breaks 32-68% we now guarantee 11 tricks and possibly 12 if they do not cash the Club Ace. If we play Diamonds, we must protect our remaining club holding, otherwise we risk going off. We will therefore finesse the Diamond through East into West, the safe hand.

After winning the first trick we play a small spade to dummy in order to play the Diamond Ten which we will run to Wests Queen. (NB If East were to foolishly cover we now make all 13 tricks.) If West plays passively, not cashing his Ace  we now bring in 12 tricks.

The Diamonds break so we can bring home up to 4 Spades, 4 Hearts, 4 Diamonds and 1 Club (but the opposition won the Q and maybe the A)

 

 

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