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by John McLeod
Wed Nov 07, 2018 12:35 pm
Forum: General news and discussion
Topic: London Tournament Sunday. November 18th
Replies: 0
Views: 86

London Tournament Sunday. November 18th

Our next Skat tournament will be on Sunday November 18th at the Lancaster Hall Hotel, 35 Craven Terrace, London W2 3EL, close to Paddington and Lancaster Gate stations. Registration will be between 11.00 and 11.15 for an 11.30 start, and we will play four sessions in our traditional duplicate format...
by John McLeod
Sat Jun 30, 2018 10:37 am
Forum: General news and discussion
Topic: London Tournament. Sunday July 15th
Replies: 1
Views: 1191

Re: London Tournament. Sunday July 15th

Our next Skat tournament will be on Sunday July 15th at the Lancaster Hall Hotel, 35 Craven Terrace, London W2 3EL, close to Paddington and Lancaster Gate stations. Registration will be between 11.00 and 11.15 for an 11.30 start, and we will play four sessions in our traditional duplicate format. We...
by John McLeod
Thu Nov 30, 2017 11:13 am
Forum: Skat strategy and tactics
Topic: Session 2 hand 5 -- Grand against 4
Replies: 3
Views: 3393

Re: Session 2 hand 5 -- Grand against 4

To answer your last question, the score is the same if the defence make Schneider. Your bid rounded up to the next multiple of your contract base value and doubled is the minimum you can lose. You only lose more than that if the game value doubled is more than that minimum.
by John McLeod
Mon Nov 27, 2017 12:34 am
Forum: Skat strategy and tactics
Topic: Session 4 hand 13 -- big hand as Vorhand
Replies: 2
Views: 1344

Re: Session 4 hand 13 -- big hand as Vorhand

I wonder whether it is better for Vorhand to lead H8 or maybe S8 to the first trick rather than playing a trump? Maybe this improves the chance of making Schneider? Vorhand will still win the game however bad the distribution. At our table Martin simply announced Grand Hand without waiting for any b...
by John McLeod
Fri Nov 03, 2017 12:30 pm
Forum: General news and discussion
Topic: London Tournament. Novemder 19th
Replies: 1
Views: 1711

Re: London Tournament. November 19th

Our next Skat tournament will be on Sunday November 19th at the Lancaster Hall Hotel, 35 Craven Terrace, London W2 3EL, close to Paddington and Lancaster Gate stations, both of which should be open. Registration will be between 11.00 and 11.15 for an 11.30 start, and we will play four sessions in ou...
by John McLeod
Thu Sep 21, 2017 1:12 pm
Forum: Skat strategy and tactics
Topic: September 16th, Session 4, Hand 25
Replies: 4
Views: 1881

Re: September 16th, Session 4, Hand 25

It's a risky grand but it's not at all obvious to me that you should discard the s8. I would suggest discarding club A-10 and hoping that the hearts are 2-2, which in fact they are. Then you have 21 in the skat, 25 for the hearts, 11 for the diamond ace and you just need to make sure to take at leas...
by John McLeod
Thu Sep 21, 2017 12:56 pm
Forum: Skat strategy and tactics
Topic: September 16th, Session 3, Hand 13
Replies: 2
Views: 1405

Re: September 16th, Session 3, Hand 13

If you wanted to know how I made Schneider on the actual deal, so far as I remember I led a small heart to trick 2 - safe now that I have the only remaining jack - and both the 10 and the king appeared. The opponents then led the ace of spades collecting two small cards on it. I won the rest of the ...
by John McLeod
Thu Sep 21, 2017 8:57 am
Forum: Skat strategy and tactics
Topic: September 16th, Session 3, Hand 13
Replies: 2
Views: 1405

Re: September 16th, Session 3, Hand 13

You mean hand 14. I put the S10 and DK in the skat - 14 points. Then my plan was: Lead both black jacks to draw the red ones - 8 points, total 22 so far Lead my three top clubs - another 28 points provided that they don't split 4-0, total 50 Lead my ace of hearts for 11 points, making 61. As it happ...
by John McLeod
Mon Sep 11, 2017 4:01 pm
Forum: Skat strategy and tactics
Topic: Last ditch defence against Null
Replies: 3
Views: 1634

Re: Last ditch defence against Null

Leading spades also works if declarer has J-7 of spades and partner has A-T, which would have been the case in the actual deal if declarer had not discarded the SJ. Is this still the best chance or are there any other ideas? What about voiding yourself in at least one of the other suits first?
by John McLeod
Mon Sep 11, 2017 1:29 pm
Forum: Skat strategy and tactics
Topic: Last ditch defence against Null
Replies: 3
Views: 1634

Last ditch defence against Null

In Vorhand you hold: C: A Q S: K Q 9 8 H: A K D: A K Mitteland bids 18 and both other players pass. Mittelhand takes the skat and plays Null. The prospects for the defence look pretty dim, but rather than just give up you would like to go for any chance of victory, however remote. What is your best ...