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October 9, 1999
The Match Game and The Amazing 4heart.gif (841 bytes) Contract

The Match Game

Below are listed ten auctions and ten hands. Each hand matches with exactly one auction. Match the letter of the appropriate hand with the number of the correct auction. Answers are given below.

The auctions:

No. 1 No. 2
West East West East
1club.gif (841 bytes) 1heart.gif (841 bytes) 1club.gif (841 bytes) 1heart.gif (841 bytes)
2heart.gif (841 bytes) Pass 1spade.gif (842 bytes) 1NT
Pass

 

No. 3 No. 4
West East West East
1club.gif (841 bytes) 1heart.gif (841 bytes) 1club.gif (841 bytes) 1spade.gif (842 bytes)
1spade.gif (842 bytes) 2spade.gif (842 bytes) 1NT Pass
Pass

 

No. 5 No. 6
West East West East
1club.gif (841 bytes) 1spade.gif (842 bytes) 1club.gif (841 bytes) 1heart.gif (841 bytes)
2club.gif (841 bytes) 2heart.gif (841 bytes) 3heart.gif (841 bytes) Pass
3heart.gif (841 bytes) 4heart.gif (841 bytes)
Pass

 

No. 7 No. 8
West East West East
1club.gif (841 bytes) 1heart.gif (841 bytes) 1club.gif (841 bytes) 1spade.gif (842 bytes)
3heart.gif (841 bytes) 4heart.gif (841 bytes) 2spade.gif (842 bytes) 4spade.gif (842 bytes)
Pass Pass

 

No. 9 No. 10
West East West East
1NT 2heart.gif (841 bytes) 1NT 3heart.gif (841 bytes)
Pass 3NT Pass

The hands:

A B
West East West East
spade.gif (842 bytes)QJ43 spade.gif (842 bytes)K7 spade.gif (842 bytes)KJ53 spade.gif (842 bytes)AQ962
heart.gif (841 bytes)Q6 heart.gif (841 bytes)AJ742 heart.gif (841 bytes)AQ heart.gif (841 bytes)J753
diamond.gif (837 bytes)AK7 diamond.gif (837 bytes)84 diamond.gif (837 bytes)KJ10 diamond.gif (837 bytes)A76
club.gif (841 bytes)KJ87 club.gif (841 bytes)Q953 club.gif (841 bytes)7543 club.gif (841 bytes)8

 

C D
West East West East
spade.gif (842 bytes)8 spade.gif (842 bytes)K9643 spade.gif (842 bytes)A653 spade.gif (842 bytes)72
heart.gif (841 bytes)A865 heart.gif (841 bytes)KQ93 heart.gif (841 bytes)A974 heart.gif (841 bytes)K852
diamond.gif (837 bytes)K7 diamond.gif (837 bytes)86 diamond.gif (837 bytes)5 diamond.gif (837 bytes)K74
club.gif (841 bytes)KJ7643 club.gif (841 bytes)Q9 club.gif (841 bytes)KQ54 club.gif (841 bytes)9872

 

E F
West East West East
spade.gif (842 bytes)98 spade.gif (842 bytes)J63 spade.gif (842 bytes)K864 spade.gif (842 bytes)732
heart.gif (841 bytes)KQ64 heart.gif (841 bytes)J9752 heart.gif (841 bytes)853 heart.gif (841 bytes)A9742
diamond.gif (837 bytes)A5 diamond.gif (837 bytes)K6 diamond.gif (837 bytes)AKJ5 diamond.gif (837 bytes)8762
club.gif (841 bytes)AQ743 club.gif (841 bytes)862 club.gif (841 bytes)AQ club.gif (841 bytes)8

 

G H
West East West East
spade.gif (842 bytes)J87 spade.gif (842 bytes)K1096 spade.gif (842 bytes)A653 spade.gif (842 bytes)72
heart.gif (841 bytes)K107 heart.gif (841 bytes)A8 heart.gif (841 bytes)A95 heart.gif (841 bytes)Q873
diamond.gif (837 bytes)K9 diamond.gif (837 bytes)Q1074 diamond.gif (837 bytes)73 diamond.gif (837 bytes)KQJ
club.gif (841 bytes)AQ743 club.gif (841 bytes)862 club.gif (841 bytes)KQ53 club.gif (841 bytes)9764

 

I J
West East West East
spade.gif (842 bytes)85 spade.gif (842 bytes)A97 spade.gif (842 bytes)K864 spade.gif (842 bytes)QJ73
heart.gif (841 bytes)KQ64 heart.gif (841 bytes)J8732 heart.gif (841 bytes)A65 heart.gif (841 bytes)J743
diamond.gif (837 bytes)A8 diamond.gif (837 bytes)K5 diamond.gif (837 bytes)QJ2 diamond.gif (837 bytes)K7
club.gif (841 bytes)AQ753 club.gif (841 bytes)982 club.gif (841 bytes)K87 club.gif (841 bytes)953

The answers:

Here are the answers to The Match Game quiz. Think about what kind of hand you searched for after analyzing the auction. This is the same mental process you use to help you decide what to do at the table during the auction. Refer to the Modern Standard Bidding Summary to try to understand any questions that you missed.

1-D
2-H
3-J
4-G
5-C
6-E
7-I
8-B
9-F
10-A

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The Amazing Four Heart Contract

Take a look at the following hand. Can you make ten tricks in hearts without a trump lead? You can if the defense leads anything but a heart.

North
spade.gif (842 bytes)743
heart.gif (841 bytes)65432
diamond.gif (837 bytes)Q86
West club.gif (841 bytes)KJ East
spade.gif (842 bytes)AQ10 spade.gif (842 bytes)8652
heart.gif (841 bytes)J87 heart.gif (841 bytes)9
diamond.gif (837 bytes)2 diamond.gif (837 bytes)AKJ1093
club.gif (841 bytes)765432 South club.gif (841 bytes)AQ
spade.gif (842 bytes)KJ9
heart.gif (841 bytes)AKQ10
diamond.gif (837 bytes)754
club.gif (841 bytes)1098

No way, you say?

It appears as though the defense should be able to take at least eight tricks (3 spades, 3 diamonds, and 2 clubs).

What if I told you that it was WEST in four hearts?

As long as North does not lead a heart then West can come home with ten tricks!

If North leads a spade:

West wins the spade in hand. Finesses the club queen and cashes the club.gif (841 bytes)A. Lead a spade and cover whatever South plays. Play a diamond finessing the diamond.gif (837 bytes)J. Cash two more top diamonds discarding clubs. Return to the West hand with the third spade. West now has eight tricks in and is leading from the West hand. West leads a third round of clubs and overtrumps with the heart.gif (841 bytes)9.

With four cards to play this is the situation:

North
spade.gif (842 bytes)
heart.gif (841 bytes)6543
diamond.gif (837 bytes)
West club.gif (841 bytes) East
spade.gif (842 bytes) spade.gif (842 bytes)8
heart.gif (841 bytes)J87 heart.gif (841 bytes)
diamond.gif (837 bytes) diamond.gif (837 bytes)1093
club.gif (841 bytes)7 South club.gif (841 bytes)
spade.gif (842 bytes)
heart.gif (841 bytes)AKQ10
diamond.gif (837 bytes)
club.gif (841 bytes)

The lead is in the East hand. On any lead, if South trumps low then West scores the heart.gif (841 bytes)J for the tenth trick. If South trumps high then the heart.gif (841 bytes)J becomes a natural trick and will take the tenth trick.

On a diamond or club lead West can negotiate to the exact same position. The only lead to keep West from ten tricks is a trump lead.

An amazing hand.

The lesson?

However bleak your chances never give up. Play the cards and make the opponents defeat you!

Thanks!
Gary King

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