Do you have thirteen fingers? by Gordon Bower

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These routine hands are your chance to practice your counting, so that when you face a critical decision at trick two defending a slam, you’ll find it much easier to figure out what to do.

Gordon Bower
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March, 31 2015

Fuente: http://taigabridge.net/

Dealer South
NS vul
spade Q 9 6 2
heart suit 3
diamond J 9 8 7 4
club A Q J
spade 10 8 7 3
heart suit Q 9 6
diamond K
club K 8 7 6 2
[table marker] spade
heart suit
diamond
club
spade
heart suit
diamond
club
West North East South
 Pass 1diamond
Pass 1spade Pass 1NT
Pass 2diamond All Pass

You are West, on lead against 2diamond after a quiet auction. You lead a small club to the clubJ, club9 and club4. How much do you know about partner’s and declarer’s hand? A player in the habit of counting will know the distribution of all four suits already!

Think about the clues: South opened 1diamond and rebid 1NT – no 5-card heart suit, and probably no singleton or void. She passed out 2diamond rather than taking a preference back to 2spade — unlikely to have three spades. Partner didn’t have enough to overcall in hearts so he doesn’t have a good 6-card suit. Assembling all the clues, South should have 2 spades, 4 hearts, 4 diamonds, and 3 clubs, making partner 3-5-3-2. Partner’s high club9 confirms the expected club split. (It is just remotely possible that partner has 4 spades and declarer is 1-4-5-3, or partner has 6 lousy hearts and declarer is 2-3-5-3.) As for high cards, the 1NT rebid shows 12-14, so simple subtraction places your partner with 8-10.

On this “boring” deal, you certainly aren’t going to beat 2diamond. But you and your partner can defend almost as well as if you could see through the backs of the cards, while declarer is still going to have to guess how suits are breaking, and may slip up choosing between pulling trump and ruffing losing hearts. The full deal is shown down. Declarer had 12 HCP and 2-4-4-3 pattern, as expected. These routine hands are your chance to practice your counting, so that when you face a critical decision at trick two defending a slam, you’ll find it much easier to figure out what to do.

The four hands.

Dealer Sur
NS vul
spade Q 9 6 2
heart suit 3
diamond J 9 8 7 4
club A Q J
spade 10 8 7 3
heart suit Q 9 6
diamond K
club K 8 7 6 2
[table marker] spade A J 4
heart suit K 8 7 4 2
diamond Q 3 2
club 9 3
spade K 5
heart suit A J 10 5
diamond A 10 6 5
club 10 5 4

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