Count Cards for Slam by Oswald Jacoby

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A hand that illustrates how declarer can count the number of cards held in an important suit, so he…

spingold 1931 Oswald Jacoby, P. Hal Sims, Willard Karn y David Burnstine
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The Tuscaloosa News – 3 Abr 1967          

Oswald: “How about devoting this week’s articles to lessons on dummy play?”

Jim: “Good idea. I happen to have some hands that Eddie Kanter uses in his teaching in Los Angeles.”

Oswald: “Let’s use one that illustrates how declarer can count the number of cards held in an important suit, so he can change a guess into a sure thing?”

Jim: “This is one he uses in his advanced classes. South is declarer at a normal six no-trump contract.

Lead: 9

How would you go about playing it?”

Oswald: “So I’m an advanced pupil! I start by counting 11 sure winner plus a potential trick in hearts or diamonds. If either suit breaks I am home. If the jack of diamonds drops I am home and there will be a squeeze of some sort if one opponent is long in both those red suits. In any event it is up to me to work on the black suits first. I win the spade in my hand and lead the king of clubs.”

Jim: “West wins and leads a second spade.”

Oswald: “I cash two clubs and a spade. Are there any discards?”

Jim: “West discards a spade on the third club: East a club on the third spade.”

Oswald: “What happens when I play three rounds of hearts?”

Jim: “West drops his last spade on the third heart.”

Oswald: “I’m going to pass this course. West has shown up with exactly five spades, two hearts and two clubs. He must hold four diamonds. I play my ace and queen and if the jack doesn’t drop I finesse against it with certainty of success.”

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