Double Dummy 09

Double dummy problems seldom arise in part score situations, because there are too many variations to go through, but this one is worth taking a look at.

Board 16 from Tuesday 23/01/24
Dealer W EW Vul

42
AK986
K75
K52
T973
Q53
QT93
J9
AKQ5
J2
AJ86
Q76
J86
T74
42
AT843

You are sitting West and North opens 1H and partner doubles. South bids 2H. Do you bid 2S or not?

Double Dummy 08

Few declarers made twelve tricks in a 4H contract on Board 18. Needless to say, there were none in 6H which can be made, if you have the help of Deep Finesse.
Board 18 from Wednesday 17/01/24
Dealer E NS Vul

KQ862
AK6
A432
T
AJ753
T2
QJ6
A72
T94
J53
T95
9843
Q9874
K87
KQJ65

Double Dummy 07

Monday X-Clubs provided this ‘double dummy’ problem The problem is: how does North end up in 2H after East opens a weak 1NT?

Board 10 from Monday 8/01/2024
Dealer E All Vul

T62
KQJ83
874
Q7
9875
54
KT63
K65
K3
A962
QJ52
A94
AQJ4
T7
A9
JT832

Roman Key Card Blackwood

Normal Blackwood 4NT or even Gerber (4C) will work well enough in most situations but there will be times when the RKC asking bid is crucial to being able to find the best final contract, which of course will nearly always be a slam, though sometimes it may be a five level contract when you find that a slam is unlikely or even impossible.

Double Dummy 06

Earlier, we saw how EW can best defend a 1NT contract given ‘double dummy’ vision. Now let’s look at what might happen if WEST is the dealer and opens 1NT, which is passed out.

Dealer W Nil Vul

765
742
743
AKT7
983
AQ85
AQ6
864
KJ4
T93
KT852
J2
AQT2
KJ6
J9
Q953

Double Dummy 05

Before we start reviewing ‘double dummy’ problems from play in 2024, I would like to take another look at an interesting deal that I have reviewed some time ago, because it features one of my pet ‘likes’, the opening lead of an ace from specifically AQx against a No Trump contract.

Dealer N Nil Vul

765
742
743
AKT7
983
AQ85
AQ6
864
KJ4
T93
KT852
J2
AQT2
KJ6
J9
Q953

Double Dummy 04

Here is an easy double dummy problem. Easy double dummy but it proved far from easy when played at X-Clubs
Board 25 from Tuesday 5/12/23
Dealer N EW Vul

T9
AKJT
J975
AJ5
K6543
765
863
T6
AQ72
Q84
QT42
98
J8
932
AK
KQ7432

Double Dummy 03

Heart in Mouth Stuff:
This one might possibly have been bid to 6H but never was. It might have made 6H but almost never was, in fact only three Souths made six on the obvious queen of diamonds lead. That is a good double dummy exercise in itself, how to make six the obvious and only sensible way, or how to make 6H the more risky Deep Finesse way. And finally we will have the real double dummy problem that would never occur in play, or in fact going to be executed by any declarer unless he was Deep Finesse or was clairvoyant or maybe obsessed with finessing everything that can be finessed!

Board 15 From Friday 8/12/23
Dealer S NS Vul

642
KQ8
K632
J86
73
J6
QJT987
543
KJ95
973
A5
T972
AQT8
AT542
4
AKQ

Double Dummy 02

This one is a double double dummy problem. You get two for the price of one in the same deal! At the table, it appears that neither double dummy problem was solved easily, though they don’t seem too difficult. This one consists of a declarer problem for both NS and EW. Really, it should be a problem only for NS because when EW bid to 4H, 4S seems to be the obvious answer. Despite the vulnerability, because 4H is likely to make and 4S is sure to be a good sacrifice. But, double dummy, both 4H and 4S should make. Let’s see how, and why.

Board 19 from Monday 4-Dec
Dealer S EW Vul

AKQJ84
T65
AK
J6
T932
A2
Q9
AK843
KQJ9743
872
952
765
8
JT6543
QT7

Double Dummy 01

Double Dummy Fun - Deep Finesse at its best

From Monday 20/11/23 at X-Clubs
Board 6 Dealer E EW Vul

K765
Q
QJT9873
J
Q43
KJ965
62
AK8
T982
874
K8
9763
AJ
AT32
A4
QT542

This was the bidding at most tables:

SouthWestNorthEast
---Pass
112Pass
2NTPass3NTPass
PassPass

You are WEST. You have “Deep Finesse” as your partner sitting East. How will you defend, from the opening lead right through to the end?

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