What can go wrong? – 5 By Eddie Kantar

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1. How would you play this hand at IMPs (safety first)? and IMPs?

By Eddie Kantar
On 24 March, 2016 At 11:44

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Reno 2016Reno, NV 2016 Spring NABC 

Mar 10, 2016 – Mar 20, 2016


The 2016 Spring NABC is being played in Reno let us look some interesting deals from the bulletin’s series: What can go wrong? by Eddie Kantar.


Not everyone would have responded 1 with the South hand. Depending upon system, some might have tried 2NT, others 3NT. In any case, all roads would have led to Rome.

Opening lead: Q

1. How would you play this hand at IMPs (safety first)?

2. How would you play this hand at matchpoints, where reasonable risks for overtricks are encouraged?

aaxxSalida: Q

At IMPs, win the K and lead the 10. If it is covered, you can set up spades and make an overtrick; If it is not covered, rise with the ace and lead a diamond, setting up your ninth trick in that suit. This is a 100%. line of play.

At matchpoints, go for the overtrick by taking two spade finesses if necessary. You have a 75% chance of taking three spade tricks – 10 tricks in all – with relatively minimal risk.

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