Counting To Avoid a Guess

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Today’s deal from a local club game provides a good lesson in declarer-play technique.

By Richard Pavlicek
On 24 September, 2012 At 18:43

Category : Advanced @en, Advanced 2

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Today’s deal from a local club game provides a good lesson in declarer-play technique. The bidding shown was common at many tables: After West’s preemptive opening, North made a takeout double (a little light perhaps, but it’s difficult to pass) and South could not resist jumping to Blackwood and bidding six notrump.

The final contract is sound, and in fact superior to a slam in clubs. Why? Because in notrump declarer can postpone his guess for the queen of clubs, whereas in clubs declarer must make this decision immediately for fear of a ruff.

 6 NT by South

None Vul
S K Q 10
H 8 2
D A 9 7
C A 10 9 6 5
S 7 2
H K Q J 10 7 5 4
D 6 3
C Q 2
Table S 9 6 5 4 3
H 6
D 10 8 5 4 2
C 4 3
Lead: H K S A J 8
H A 9 3
D K Q J
C K J 8 7
West
H
Pass
All Pass
North
Dbl
H
East
Pass
Pass
South
4 NT
6 NT

Let’s consider the play as it might have occurred at three different tables.

“Average Joe” was declarer at table one. After winning the second heart lead, he…Click Here to continue

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