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Vol. XIII No.15 - Sunday July 27, 2014 - Saturday August 9, 2014


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Bridge in Paradise: by Neil Robinson
 

This deal comes from a Bridge Club of Chiang Mai pairs game. North-South were vulnerable and North dealt. The bidding at one table was:



Imagine you are sitting South. West leads the queen of hearts. You duck this and West continues with the heart jack, which you take with the ace. Before you look at the full deal below, decide how you would play the contract and how many tricks you would expect to make, with a normal trump break.
If you try to cross-ruff the hand, ruffing hearts in hand, West is likely to over ruff and you will probably not even make your eight tricks for the contract. More important, you are wasting hearts by ruffing them—after one more round they will all be good without being ruffed. The correct play is to set up dummy, because it is dummy that has the good hearts. With a dummy reverse you can make ten tricks for 4S! After winning the second trick, you pull trumps in three rounds, ending on board. Then lead a heart and ruff it in hand, felling the king which is the only outstanding one. Now you can play the ace of diamonds and concede one club and one diamond, which are the only losers on board. You ruff a club or diamond on board as soon as you can and board is good. In total you take four heart tricks, four trump tricks, a heart ruff in hand and the ace of diamonds, for ten tricks. Even if trumps split 4-1, you can still make nine tricks for an overtrick with a dummy reverse. The full deal is shown below:

When this was played, no one made the ten tricks. Dummy reverses can be surprisingly difficult to see—most players tend to focus on their own hand, even if it is dummy that has the winners. The contracts played were 3H by North, making 9 tricks, 3C by West, again making 9 tricks but in the other direction, and 2S by South going down one.
I would like to hear from readers about their favourite hands—please do contact me at [email protected] Bridge Club of Chiang Mai welcomes all players. We have members from seventeen different countries already. For information on the Club go to the web site www.bridgewebs.com/chiangmai



 
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