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by Gustavo
Wed Sep 20, 2017 10:19 pm
Forum: Skat strategy and tactics
Topic: September 16th, Session 3, Hand 13
Replies: 2
Views: 3113

September 16th, Session 3, Hand 13

All tables had Forehand as declarer with the following hand: J:C-S C:10-K S:10-K-8 H:A-9 D:K Skat: CA, HQ John made a Grand Schneider, whereas Jessica and I went for Spades. I couldn't see how to guarantee 61 points going for a Grand if Jacks didn't split. If Jacks don't split, the first two deals w...
by Gustavo
Wed Sep 20, 2017 9:56 pm
Forum: Skat strategy and tactics
Topic: September 16th, Session 4, Hand 25
Replies: 4
Views: 4410

September 16th, Session 4, Hand 25

All tables were played by Hinterhand as declarer. HH as folllows: J:C C: A-10-Q-9-8-7 S:8 H:A D:A Skat: H10, HQ Both Nick and Mike Tobias played Grand and made it, but I couldn't find a way to make this a Grand in Hinterhand and ended up playing clubs. Burying the S8 is a no-brainer, and what else? ...
by Gustavo
Tue May 30, 2017 11:26 pm
Forum: Skat strategy and tactics
Topic: What to lead as a defender - standards and variations
Replies: 9
Views: 6366

Re: What to lead as a defender - standards and variations

I like Daniel's argument later in the video that MH should play the 10 from (say) 10-9 if FH leads the 7, since this indicates that FH has the ace. I have not been doing that, but it looks logical and I will try to do it in future. Therefore I would like to change my answer to your question #1. My ...
by Gustavo
Fri May 26, 2017 11:19 pm
Forum: Skat strategy and tactics
Topic: What to lead as a defender - standards and variations
Replies: 9
Views: 6366

Re: What to lead as a defender - standards and variations

Thank you for your input John. It is interesting that, in examples 1 and 2, neither of you would lead from K-x or Q-x. Coincidentally, this week's video on Danie Schäfer's Youtube vlog is about leading in several situations. At 4:15, he presents a very similar situation to examples 1 and 2, and he s...
by Gustavo
Tue May 23, 2017 9:36 am
Forum: Skat strategy and tactics
Topic: What to lead as a defender - standards and variations
Replies: 9
Views: 6366

Re: What to lead as a defender - standards and variations

Mike Tobias wrote:and if you're strong in trumps against HH, underleading a 10 may be a better option than a singleton.
Sorry, but could you please explain what you mean by "underleading"? Is it having 10xxx and leading a lower card, or having Kxx and leading something to make the 10 fall?

Thanks!
by Gustavo
Mon May 22, 2017 10:19 pm
Forum: Skat strategy and tactics
Topic: What to lead as a defender - standards and variations
Replies: 9
Views: 6366

Re: What to lead as a defender - standards and variations

In 4, you have another option, which is to play the King hoping to catch declarer with 10x or 10xx. Nick caught me with this ploy once in what would otherwise have been my first tournament win. I held 10xx, Nick led the King which I ducked, followed with the Ace, drawing a smear from his partner, t...
by Gustavo
Sun May 21, 2017 6:30 pm
Forum: Skat strategy and tactics
Topic: What to lead as a defender - standards and variations
Replies: 9
Views: 6366

What to lead as a defender - standards and variations

1- You are FH and declarer is HH. Bidding went to 18, declarer is playing Spades. You hold Clubs K-Q-x-x, 2 trump, Hearts K-x, Diamonds Q-x. You don't have any short suits to lead, so what should you lead instead? I was told that leading a 2-card suit doesn't achieve anything as it doesn't make you ...
by Gustavo
Sun May 07, 2017 11:34 pm
Forum: Skat strategy and tactics
Topic: Was there a way to win this one?
Replies: 2
Views: 2774

Re: Was there a way to win this one?

Maybe you are worried that your small trump will lose to the jack of diamonds and the winner will then lead the SJ and draw your last trump. That was exactly my reasoning. But what can they do after that? Unless the player with two jacks also has all the remaining spades, they can take just two spa...
by Gustavo
Sun May 07, 2017 12:21 am
Forum: Skat strategy and tactics
Topic: Was there a way to win this one?
Replies: 2
Views: 2774

Was there a way to win this one?

This hand was not great, but it seemed quite OK after I picking up the Skat. I thought I played by the book, but was still short of 10 points. Should I have led diferently? I thought of leaving the H10 in the Skat but that wouldn't make it any better. Did I go off just because of card distribution, ...
by Gustavo
Sun Apr 16, 2017 6:11 pm
Forum: General news and discussion
Topic: Youtube channels on Skat
Replies: 0
Views: 3747

Youtube channels on Skat

Dear Skat colleagues, Apologies if most of you have already come across these, but I thought it could be a good idea to share some Youtube content on Skat for newcomers or any members who are not aware of them and might be interested. The German website GameDuell organises an annual Skat tournament ...