Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - PUZZLES - with DOU­GLAS NEW­LANDS

This hand arose in a club event and shows a com­mon play prob­lem when the ace and queen are in dif­fer­ent hands. The auc­tion reached the cor­rect con­tract of 4S. North led the 8H and, since there was no ruff, South ex­ited qui­etly with the third heart. Now de­clarer has all the side suit tricks and only needs to play the trumps for one loser. He played the ace of spades and then a small one to­wards dummy and put up the queen which lost to the king and he must now also lose a trick to the jack and go one off. The ques­tion is whether he was un­lucky or mis­played trumps. What do you think? If you have mem­o­rized a ta­ble of plays then you know what to do but most peo­ple haven’t done that so how do you work it out at the ta­ble? It is not dif­fi­cult. Start by as­sum­ing the trumps are 3-2. If both the king and jack are with South, one will ap­pear on the sec­ond round and de­clarer can­not go wrong. If both are with North, de­clarer al­ways loses two tricks.

Pairs, Love all, Dealer East

If the hon­ours are split, the ten will win if South has the jack and the queen will win if South has the king. It is a com­plete guess since each play will win half the time. If trumps are 4-1 with a sin­gle­ton jack or king it will fall un­der the ace and there is no prob­lem. If North has KJxx then, de­clarer al­ways loses two tricks. If South has KJxx then de­clarer must play the 10 and then lead a sec­ond trump to­wards the queen. No other line works in this case. So we have one case whether the 10 must be played and don’t care whether the Q or 10 is played in all other cases so it is cor­rect to al­ways play the 10! The gen­eral rule when the ace and queen are in dif­fer­ent hands is to play to­wards the queen with 9 cards. With seven or eight cards, play the ace and lead to the Q10 and fi­nesse the 10 as above. This rule also ap­plies when the AQ10 are all in the same hand so, if you play AQ106 op­po­site 7543 by fi­ness­ing the queen on the first round, you are mak­ing a mis­take!

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.