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July 24, 2002
How Do You Play? and Interesting Pair of Hands

How Do You Play?

This hand came up in a recent class. Yes, 3NT is a superior contract but you find yourself in 5diamond.gif (837 bytes) after an aborted slam try. What is your line of play?

The auction:

West North East South
1diamond.gif (837 bytes)
Pass 1 Pass 3
Pass 3diamond.gif (837 bytes) Pass 3
Pass 4 Pass 4diamond.gif (837 bytes)
Pass 5diamond.gif (837 bytes) Pass Pass
Pass

West leads the 10.

  North (dummy)
spade.gif (842 bytes)Q94
heart.gif (841 bytes)Q732
diamond.gif (837 bytes)1098
West club.gif (841 bytes)A62 East
spade.gif (842 bytes)??? spade.gif (842 bytes)???
heart.gif (841 bytes)??? heart.gif (841 bytes)???
diamond.gif (837 bytes)??? diamond.gif (837 bytes)???
club.gif (841 bytes)??? South (you) club.gif (841 bytes)???
spade.gif (842 bytes)103
heart.gif (841 bytes)A10
diamond.gif (837 bytes)AKQJ7
club.gif (841 bytes)KQJ3

Plan the play.

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The answer:

  North (dummy)
spade.gif (842 bytes)Q94
heart.gif (841 bytes)Q732
diamond.gif (837 bytes)1098
West club.gif (841 bytes)A62 East
spade.gif (842 bytes)KJ76 spade.gif (842 bytes)A852
heart.gif (841 bytes)J864 heart.gif (841 bytes)K95
diamond.gif (837 bytes)654 diamond.gif (837 bytes)32
club.gif (841 bytes)109 South (you) club.gif (841 bytes)8754
spade.gif (842 bytes)103
heart.gif (841 bytes)A10
diamond.gif (837 bytes)AKQJ7
club.gif (841 bytes)KQJ3

Win the club lead in the South hand, pull trump, and lead the spade.gif (842 bytes)10 playing West for spade.gif (842 bytes)AJx, spade.gif (842 bytes)KJx, or spade.gif (842 bytes)AKJx. If West wins the spade and leads a heart you will have to hope the heart honors are split (or both with West in which case you can do no wrong) and guess which defender has which one (playing West for the heart.gif (841 bytes)K by going up with the heart.gif (841 bytes)Q or playing East for the heart.gif (841 bytes)K by playing low and using the power of your heart.gif (841 bytes)10).

If East wins the spade and leads a heart you will have no choice but to play East for the heart.gif (841 bytes)K. If West holds it you are going down since they will set up a heart trick before you set up a spade discard.

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Interesting Pair of Hands

With everyone vulnerable what do you bid with this hand as South?

  North
spade.gif (842 bytes)???
heart.gif (841 bytes)???
diamond.gif (837 bytes)???
West club.gif (841 bytes)??? East
spade.gif (842 bytes)??? spade.gif (842 bytes)???
heart.gif (841 bytes)??? heart.gif (841 bytes)???
diamond.gif (837 bytes)??? diamond.gif (837 bytes)???
club.gif (841 bytes)??? South (you) club.gif (841 bytes)???
spade.gif (842 bytes)J9854
heart.gif (841 bytes)KQ10642
diamond.gif (837 bytes)7
club.gif (841 bytes)9

 

West North East South
Pass 1 ???


Do you overcall 1heart.gif (841 bytes)?

Do you overcall 2heart.gif (841 bytes)?

Do you make a conventional direct cue bid to show both majors? (Assuming you play Michaels Cue Bids)

Let us assume you choose 1heart.gif (841 bytes) (reasonable). The auction continues:

West North East South
Pass 1 1heart.gif (841 bytes)
2NT Pass 3NT ???

Now what? Can you imagine anything but a pass?

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The answer:

  North
spade.gif (842 bytes)AQ76
heart.gif (841 bytes)3
diamond.gif (837 bytes)J10842
West club.gif (841 bytes)852 East
spade.gif (842 bytes)K2 spade.gif (842 bytes)103
heart.gif (841 bytes)J987 heart.gif (841 bytes)A5
diamond.gif (837 bytes)K95 diamond.gif (837 bytes)AQ63
club.gif (841 bytes)KJ63 South (you) club.gif (841 bytes)AQ1074
spade.gif (842 bytes)J9854
heart.gif (841 bytes)KQ10642
diamond.gif (837 bytes)7
club.gif (841 bytes)9

A victory for two suited cue bids as long as you get partner to bid spades. Strange hand indeed. E-W are cold for an overtrick in 3NT if played by West. With a spade opening lead ten tricks are easy. With a heart opening lead declarer wins the first heart and cashes eight minor winners and simply exits with a diamond. North must give West an eventual spade trick.

N-S are cold for 4spade.gif (842 bytes)! South loses only 1 heart, 1 diamond, and 1 club.

The lesson? With 6-5 you need to bid. If partner has a fit for one of your suits will likely take a great number of tricks and partner is highly likely to fit one of your two suits.

-Gary King
 

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