Wednesday Play at The Hutt (19)

Time to go back to defence and to signalling. Last Wednesday's X-Clubs Board 15 involves very basic signalling for the defenders. No guesswork at all should be involved, but even so almost half the NS pairs allowed East to make one more trick than East should have made as declarer.

Board 15 from Wednesday 14/04/2021
Dealer S NS Vul

7542
T8
JT6
Q964
AK86
62
A984
753
J
AKQJ9754
7
JT2
QT93
3
KQ532
AK8

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Subject: New bridge books on declarer play and defense

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Wednesday Play at The Hutt (18)

Last Wednesday's board 20 provided us with a simple lesson in declarer play, but simple as it may seem, only three Wests out of thirteen managed to make all the available thirteen tricks, either in No Trumps or spades. West has a standard 1NT (12-14) opening bid and East, with both the majors, should look for a major suit fit with a Stayman 2C bid. But some Easts may be either too ignorant, or too lazy, or too confident because of their high point count, and bid 3NT without bothering about the majors. That is a moot point and of no relevance to what we want to discuss, which is basic declarer play to make as many tricks as possible and as safely as possible. Take a look:

Board 20 from Wednesday 7/04/2021
Dealer W All Vul

K5
J63
97542
Q87
Q842
AQ
AQT
T652
AJT9
KT72
J8
AK3
763
9854
K63
J94

Tricky Answers (12)

You are South.

1.

8
KQJ653
T
K762

Dealer East all vul at match points.
East opens 1S. What do you bid?

Wednesday Play at The Hutt (17)

Most Norths opened this hand with 1NT though some opened 1C and rebid 2C. Against 1NT, East should lead the KING of spades and not the 8. WHY?

Board 17 from Wednesday 31/03/21
Dealer N Nil Vul

Wednesday Play at The Hutt (16)

This was the problem posed in issue No.15
Dummy (North)

KQ32
KJ
QT2
QJT4

You (West):

82
A963
J93
AK96

Wednesday Play at The Hutt (15)

Harking back to Wednesday Play (14) here's another common situation. Here are the West’s and dummy’s hands.
Dummy (North)

KQ32
KJ
QT2
QJT4

You (West):

82
A963
J93
AK96

Tricky Questions (12)

You are South.

1.

8
KQJ653
T
K762

Dealer East all vul at match points.
East opens 1S. What do you bid?

Wednesday Play at The Hutt (14)

What I thought was a very basic question resulting from Board 14 from Wednesday 24/3/21 turned out to be more complicated than I thought, at least for many readers. Let’s look again:

Against South’s 4S, let’s say you decide to lead the ace of clubs, not what I would recommend but what many players did lead. Here is what you see in dummy when you lead your club ace.

Dummy (North)

8732
QT
QT
KQJT4

Wednesday Play at The Hutt (13)

Board 14 from Wednesday 24/03/2021 is worth looking at from the point of view of DEFENCE, which I find to be very hit and miss at this level of play. Nevertheless, it is absolutely vital that the improving player start to learn how to use a proper SIGNALLING system. Board 14 will illustrate it best.

Board 14 Dealer E Nil Vul
Let me show you the West hand (yours) and then dummy

A963
KJ93
A9876

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