Look at the thinking behind the play to turn bad results good

  • Learning and growing: the Bridge Club of Bermuda’s youth group, many of whom will make the trip to Las Vegas next week, were visited by Cathy Duffy of AIG, one of the major youth group sponsors, at their game last Saturday (Photograph submitted)

    Learning and growing: the Bridge Club of Bermuda’s youth group, many of whom will make the trip to Las Vegas next week, were visited by Cathy Duffy of AIG, one of the major youth group sponsors, at their game last Saturday (Photograph submitted)

  • Fig 1: north and south vulnerable

    Fig 1: north and south vulnerable

  • Fig 2: the full hand

    Fig 2: the full hand


Bridge results

Results for week of July 8

Monday afternoon

North/South

1, William Pollett/Molly Taussig

2, Margaret Way/Harry Kast

3, Julia Beach/Gertrude Barker

East/West

1, Patricia Colmet/Heather Woolf

2, Magda Farag/Sheena Rayner

3, Elizabeth McKee/Linda Pollett

Tuesday evening junior game

North/South

1, Wenda Krupp/Joanne Edwards

2, Betsy Baillie/Colin James

3, Malcolm Moseley/Mark Stevens

East/West

1, Joe Hobbs/Sarah Bowers

2, S Lorimer-Turner/N Contibas

3, Robert Masters/Margaret Masters

Wednesday morning

North/South

1, Gertrude Barker/Jane Smith

2, Richard Gray/Wendy Gray

3, G Correia/M Bickley/T Saunders/M Taussig

East/West

1, Linda Pollett/William Pollett

2, Caroline Svensen/Dianna Kempe

3, Greta Marshall/Heather Woolf

Thursday evening

North/South

1, Jane Smith/Gertrude Barker

2, Annabelle Mann/Charles Hall

3, John Glynn/Rachael Gosling

East/West

1, David Sykes/Charles Griffiths

2, Martha Ferguson/Judy King

3, John Luebkemann/David Petty

Friday afternoon

1, Joseph Wakefield/Malcolm Simmons

2, Annabelle Mann/Patricia Colmet

3, Gertrude Barker/Martha Ferguson

Nothing happening locally and the focus now shifts to the ACBL Summer Nationals in Las Vegas — a number of pairs will travel there in addition to the large group going from the youth programme.

I’ll keep you advised if any good things happen.

Today’s hand (Fig 1), like most in this column, is instructional and if you absorb the key plays in this hand it will save you hundreds, even thousands, of match points over the years.

The bidding was over quickly — South opened a 15-17. No trump and North had an easy raise to 3NT.

West led the Spade 3 to East’s jack and South immediately had two key decisions: the first one was whether to really think about the hand, and the second one was to try and make the right play.

Many declarers won the first trick, led the 10 of Clubs and ran it, and then closed their eyes and hoped.

Well, not long after they opened their eyes they were one down — East won the king and returned a Spade and West cashed four tricks. The full hand is shown in Fig 2.

The right play on this hand is a baby play for an experienced declarer, but even an intermediate player should get it right with a bit of thought.

Clearly if West has the king of Clubs all will be well — but what if East has it?

Exactly — declarer must remove the Spades from the East hand and make a hold up play — duck the Spade jack!

Now the defence has no answer. East continues a Spade, but now when East wins the Club king he has no Spade left to lead, and if he did the Spades would be breaking 4-3 and the contract is safe.

The interesting thing is that if South had started with Axx of Spades he would recognise the hold up play, but quite often declarer do not recognise it when they start with AQx, KQx or KJx.

Take a good look at the play, and more importantly the thinking behind the play, and you will turn a lot of bad results into good ones.

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Published Jul 20, 2019 at 8:00 am (Updated Jul 19, 2019 at 2:44 pm)

Look at the thinking behind the play to turn bad results good

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