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ONE GOOD PLAY NEGATES ANOTHER.

When both the declarer and a defender find a good play on the same board, you might expect each to achieve an average result. That was not quite true in reality.

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South Deals
E-W Vul
K 8 7 3
8 7 4
4
A Q J 8 5
   
N
W   E
S
 
A J 6 5 4
J 10 6 2
K 7
K 2
West North East South
  dummy you  
      1 
Pass 1  Pass 1 NT
All pass      

We gave you the problem yesterday from East’s perspective. South’s 1NT showed 12-14 hcp. West led Heart-small3 with declarer taking your Heart-small10 with their ace. Next came Club-small10 with your partner playing Club-small4 (reverse count). We asked you to plan the defence.

Sitting East was Blair Fisher who reasoned that if he ducked the Club-small10 smoothly, the declarer would repeat the finesse, to Blair’s advantage. Although Blair could not see the Club-small3, it looked like his partner was showing an even number of clubs, very likely four. Therefore, declarer would have a hard task in getting to dummy to enjoy the club suit.

So, smooth duck it was, in tempo…but declarer, Hermanna Hemmes, did enjoy the club suit very much as her next play was a club to the ace! It was not that Hermanna had four clubs but she had another rather secret weapon…and finesses never work: do they not?!

South Deals
E-W Vul
K 8 7 3
8 7 4
4
A Q J 8 5
10
K Q 5 3
J 9 5 3
9 7 6 4
 
N
W   E
S
 
A J 6 5 4
J 10 6 2
K 7
K 2
 
Q 9 2
A 9
A Q 10 8 6 2
10 3
West North East South
      1 
Pass 1  Pass 1 NT
All pass      

 

Hermanna ran off her club winners and took the diamond finesse and emerged with 8 tricks with the defence mopping up three hearts, Diamond-smallJ and  Spade-smallA at the end. That was just the number of tricks Hermanna was meant to make according to the DealMaster Pro analysis although perhaps not in that fashion.

Had Hermanna finessed again, Blair wins and the defence can take their heart tricks finishing in the West hand. Now the Spade-small10 can be ducked round to the Spade-smallQ. The best declarer can do is to play ace and a second diamond leaving East to cash Spade-smallA, for their 6th defensive trick. However, if declarer played Spade-smallK on the Spade-small10, East wins and continues spades. Declarer can make two spade tricks by finessing andDiamond-smallA and then exits a diamond...but that is just one club, one heart, two spades and one diamond trick...well off in 1NT!

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Was Blair on this day

Not so for Hermanna and no fine result for Blair as that rather valuable overtrick earnt Hermanna 90% of the match-points on the board. So, next time your finesse works against Blair, beware! A finesse may work once though that is no guarantee it will work next time round! Hermanna suspected.

Too good to pass: but what to bid?

     
East Deals
N-S Vul
 
N
W   E
S
   
 
A K 2
7
K 10 4
K Q J 10 4 2
West North East South
    1  ?

 

You are playing Teams. What do you bid?

If you choose to bid 2Club-small, West bids 2Spade-small which is passed round to you. What then?

Richard Solomon



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