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“CARE”  for less experienced players and others.

That’s the word we are focusing on today. Sometimes it is rewarded. Another aspect to the same question is would you rather have a 42% or 83% result on a board, playing Pairs? No need to answer.

You may recognise these hands.

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

 

These were the North-South hands on Board 3 of last week’s Babich Wines New Zealand Wide Pairs. The above sequence may have been one that occurred: a pre-emptive jump from West, take-out style double from North, more pre-emption from East and an “I am not going to let you push us around” 5Spade-small from South.

The more clubs East- West bid, the more North might believe their partner was void in clubs. So, if West passed 5Spade-small, so might North.

North-South would still get a reasonable score, an 83% percentage if South made all 13 tricks, but a slightly worse than average 42% if South only made 12 tricks.

13 tricks look easy but there was a catch. All you have to do is ruff two clubs in the South hand and you have 13 tricks with dummy high. “All you have to” meant a lot of 480’s!

Ruff low at trick 1 and cross to dummy with a trump (both opponents follow) and ruff a second club with a high spade. Now cash a second high trump and East discards. How do you return to dummy to draw the last trumpDiamond-small?

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

 

You can see what happens when South tries to return to dummy with a low heart… a 42% board. With 8 hearts and only 7 diamonds between the North-South hands, it would be safer for South to play Diamond-smallA and assuming that is not ruffed, cross to dummy with a diamond ruff.

An alternative line is to ruff with Spade-smallA at trick 1 and cross to dummy with a trump. With trumps breaking no worse than 3-1, ruff the second club with Spade-smallK and play South’s remaining trump back to dummy to draw trumps and claim. No need then to play either red suit.

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unlucky!

Certainly, the 5-0 heart break was unlucky and against the odds but less so when one opponent has a really long suit as here. The safest way is the best way and was well rewarded on the night with a good result.

 

Fireworks Ahead!

     
East Deals
Both Vul
 
N
W   E
S
 
A 10 9 8 7 6 5
8
10
A 10 3 2
West North East South
    ?  

 

For one side at this bridge table. Firstly, though, what if anything would you open with these East cards? You are playing Teams.

Richard Solomon

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