Take all your chances at bridge – 6 by Eddie Kantar

ByEddie Kantar

Dic 4, 2015

DENVER FALL 2015 NABC – NOV 26-DIC 6

The 2015 Fall NABC is being played in Denver let us look some interesting deals from the bulletin’s series: Take all your chances at bridge – 6 by Eddie Kantar

East opens 1 vulnerable in third seat. You try 2. West passes, partner raises to 3 and East persists with 4. You bid 4 and everyone passes. West leads the Q. East encourages, but West cannot dig up another spade and shifts to the 2. East plays the jack and you win the ace. At trick three, you play the A and East obliges with the queen. By now you should have enough information to see your way through to 10 tricks. Plan the play.

Solution

It looks for the world as if you have four losers: three spades and a heart. Yet, if you count your tricks, you could easily have 10: three hearts, the A, two diamond ruffs, and four clubs. By the way, if you count losers (four) and winners (10) and the total doesn’t come to 13, you are supposed to count your cards! Alas, this deal is the exception to even that rule.

You do have a count in this case. West is known to have one spade and four hearts. He appears to have four diamonds given the bidding and the lead, so West has four clubs.

Play three rounds of hearts ending in dummy and ruff a diamond. Now back to dummy with a club and ruff dummy’s last diamond with your last trump. Now take three more club tricks: tricks eight, nine and 10 – piece of cake. You have taken 10 tricks. They took the first trick, still have the A and K of spades in one hand and a winning heart in the other for three more tricks! Alas, those three tricks will crash on top of each other on the last two tricks. West will be forced to ruff one of his partner’s spade winners!

Most books emphasize counting losers at suit contracts and winners at notrump, but when ruffing in the long-trump hand is involved, counting tricks may be even more helpful. The full deal: