I hope to make this a page of interesting and challenging hands. Problems in play and bidding. If you have any hands that you find interesting and would like some advice on play or bidding then send it to me (email@example.com). Say ” Tuesday night hand 23.”
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This hand was a test of patience. The longer you can delay the play of a crucial suit the better chance you have of getting a count of the hand.
You are in 7S on the lead of the JD.
Now you only have 12 top tricks - 5 in spades if they break, 2 in hearts, 3 in Diamonds and 2 in Clubs .
Potential 13th tricks:
1. Playing KH AH and trumping a H you may find that there is Q J X and this will promote the Ten as the 13th
2. Or the JC may be finessed
3. or the QC dropped in 2 rounds.
It helps to get a count of the hand.
Take the D and play AS KS and then KH, cross to dummy with the AH and ruff a H. No success here. Cash a top C to cater for a singleton QC. Back to dummy with the JS and ruff the last H. Now you have counted East with 2 Spades and 3H and at least 1C. Now when you cash the Diamonds discarding a C it shows East with 6D and West has 2. So now you know that East has only 2 C.
This is now the situation
Now when you lead the AD West must throw a C. After the AD you still don’t know what East’s single C is.
Did you notice that East dropped the Ten of C under the A. Now if they are a good player then I would not be any the wiser as to the location of the Q. If it was a junior or intermediate I would play for the drop.
However there is another clue called Restricted choice which says that when a player drops an honour then they had no choice. Which again points to playing for the drop.
This one intrigued me. 12 top tricks but Deep finesse says you can make all of them .
Choose your method of death
Shooting, hanging or poison
The only difference is how long it takes you to die you are still dead at the end.
9 of diamonds, 9 of clubs or 8 of spades?
Which of these unlikely cards do you think will take the 13th trick The answer is that any one of them is possible After an auction that showed D in the South hand a 7H contract is reached and the 3D is led
After trumps drawn a S to the AK dropping a small D from East and a spade ruffed
Now the D threat is isolated to the South hand and the S to the North
Now on run of the H suit North and South must find discards
With 4 cards remaining in each hand this is now the situation
9 - -
Once again you have reached an entirely reasonable slam contract.
Looks on the surface to need the Spade finesse to work. So you only lose 1 Heart trick
But Deep finesse says that you can even when it doesn’t which is the case here.
So how can it work?
Simple isn’t it? Don’t take the finesse.
Strip the hand. A of Diamonds, ruff 1 Diamond and cash the Clubs throwing the last Diamond.
Now A of Hearts, K of Hearts A of Spades and a small Spade and hey presto! you have the North hand having to give you a ruff and sluff
Ruff in dummy and throw the last Heart from the East hand.
This is called a “strip and throw in”. However if you made this contract you might by accused of having a peek at Norths hand unless they had shown some sort of minor holding