Hands from the Kite, 9 February

Discussion of hands from past BSkA tournaments (or other events) and how they were bid and played. Skat problems. General discussion of strategy and tactics.

Hands from the Kite, 9 February

Postby Patrick Phair » Mon Feb 11, 2013 10:37 pm

Here are six interesting hands from last Sunday's tournament at the Kite. Comments are invited.

Session 1, board 26

Vorhand:
J H
C 8
S 10 K 8 7
H A 9
D Q 9
Mittelhand:
J S D
C K Q
S Q 9
H Q
D 10 K 7
Hinterhand:
J C
C A 10 9 7
S A
H K 8 7
D 8
Skat: H10, DA

18 Hs +30 Hinterhand
23 C +24 Hinterhand
18 No +46 Hinterhand
0 passed out

Hinterhand has lots of options, but only Maria spotted the Null Ouvert on what looks like a positive hand.


Session 2, board 6

Vorhand:
J
C
S 9 7
H A 10 8 7
D A K 9 7
Mittelhand:
J S D
C K 8
S K Q
H K Q 9
D 10
Hinterhand:
J H
C A 10 Q 9 7
S A 8
H
D Q 8
Skat: CJ, S10

36 No +46 Vorhand
36 No +46 Vorhand
36 No +46 Vorhand
24 Cs +36 Hinterhand

Beth as Vorhand sold out much earlier than anyone else. The diamond suit is interesting in Null Ouvert. Declarer had discarded CJ and DA. As the defender with Q8 I thought it could be defeated, as indeed it could if my partner held DA. This raises the question of whether AK97 is actually a better holding than K97.


Session 2, board 11

Vorhand:
J
C
S 9
H 10 K Q 9 7
D 10 9 8 7
Mittelhand:
J H D
C K 9
S 10 K 8 7
H 8
D K
Hinterhand:
J S
C A 10 Q 8 7
S A Q
H A
D A
Skat: CJ, DQ

36 No +46 Vorhand
36 Gss +120 Hinterhand
48 Noh +59 Vorhand
24 Gss +120 Hinterhand

There was much variation in players' estimates of both Vorhand and Hinterhand. Nobody knew, of course, how huge the skat was!

Session 3, board 10

Vorhand:
J S
C 7
S A Q 9 7
H
D A 10 K 9
Mittelhand:
J C
C A 10
S 10
H A 10 9 8 7
D 8
Hinterhand:
J H
C K Q 9 8
S K 8
H K
D Q 7
Skat: DJ, HQ

30 Shs +44 Vorhand
18 Gss +96 Mittelhand
24 Gss +96 Mittelhand
20 Ss +33 Vorhand

Another huge skat, and this is among the hands which probably cost me the tournament. Is there any way I can bid beyond 30 as Mittelhand? And how good is the Grand if the jacks don't split? (Nick, as Mittelhand on table 2, could play in hearts. Will at table 3 was pushed into Grand once he had exchanged.)


Session 4, board 15

Vorhand:
J
C A 7
S A 10 K
H A Q 7
D A 8
Mittelhand:
J C
C K Q 9
S Q
H 10 8
D K Q 7
Hinterhand:
J S H D
C 10 8
S 8 7
H 9
D 10 9
Skat: S9, HK

20 S –44 Hinterhand
18 G +120 Vorhand
18 G +120 Vorhand

An unhelpful skat this time, but the breaks were kind and the Grand came in. As the only Vorhand to hear a bid above 18 (and possibly the only one to hear any bidding at all) was I being unduly cautious?


Session 4, board 18

Vorhand:
J C H
C K
S A K Q 7
H 10
D 10 Q
Mittelhand:
J
C Q 7
S 10
H A K Q 9 8
D A 9
Hinterhand:
J S D
C 10 9 8
S 9 8
H 7
D K 7
Skat: CA, D8

20 S +22 Vorhand
18 S +22 Vorhand
23 H +50 Mittelhand

How many people agree with bidding as Mittelhand?


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Re: Hands from the Kite, 9 February

Postby Mike Tobias » Wed Feb 13, 2013 12:30 pm

1/26
Certainly shouldn't have been passed out. I'd bid 23 and consider 24.

I would have played an ordinary null though: with a 4 and a 5 card suit, a 3-1 or 3-0 split and it could easily go off. The 23pt gain against a potential loss of 215 isn't worth it.

2/6
I would say AK97 is definitely better than K97, there's more chance of the suit being safe.

2/11
The bidding was probably wrong at all four tables. My NHO was risky, only a 56.7% of success. Noel and I were surprised that John on table 1 had been allowed the game at 46 and that Mark, of all people, hadn't bid 48 in Hinterhand. Perhaps even more surprising is that the other two forehands didn't go to null ouvert with just a singleton 9 to get rid of.

3/10
As it stands, MH makes Grand if the Clubs and Hearts split (neither does), so maybe it's worth bidding for with the Skat to come. I think I'd have agonised for a long time over whether to bid more than 30.

After the pick-up, it still has a fair chance if the Jacks don't split: discard S10 and HA (21), you can expect to trump an Ace (34) win CJ (38) then play H10, and if it carries(52), a winning SA is enough; if it's trumped(38), you may well get a club led back later to win your A,10, which need to capture a Q. Alternatively, after the CJ, play CA,10 and go for a club split (62)

4/15
Yes I think you were too cautious. I admit I never know how high to bid this sort of hand, but I think certainly 24, probably 48, it already stands a good chance of Grand.

As HH, I too would have come a cropper on your table, bidding over 18, and the worst case scenario turning up with a 6 2 2 2 split. Discard two 10s and pray?

4/18
I wouldn't have bid over 18 as MH
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Re: Hands from the Kite, 9 February

Postby John McLeod » Sat Feb 16, 2013 9:42 pm

Null ouvert session 2 board 6:
This raises the question of whether AK97 is actually a better holding than K97.

AK97 works whenever the other cards split 2-2. For K97 to work you need your right-hand opponent to have Axx, or to have Ax or A bare with no way to throw the ace in time. Therefore I think AK97 is better.

Session 2 board 11: Vorhand's holding looks like a clear Null Ouvert, so I don't think Simon and Jonathan should have let Hinterhand have it for 36. I don't know whether I would have held 48, as Mike did. Null Ouvert Hand is only about 50/50, so isn't it better to let Hinterhand play?

Session 3 board 10. I agree that MH can't sensibly bid more than 30. What do you think MH should discard in a Grand? To survive when the jacks don't split, the best chance seems to be to throw the S10 and HA, hoping that the clubs split 3-2 and that the player with the king of hearts is the one without jacks. But from the fact that they both made Schwarz, I assume that both Nick and Will threw the two singletons and hoped for the best.

Session 4 board 15. I think you were being unduly cautious. At our table Mark correctly (in my opinion) put the A-10 of spades in the skat. Cashing the other aces and the spade king catches the spade queen for 61 points. It's true that HH is bidding without aces and therefore probably has three jacks, but he's probably planning to exchange, so I don't think the danger of a void is unacceptably high.

Session 4 board 18. I wouldn't have bid it. Even after picking up that ace it looks pretty risky. If VH leads the SK, it looks as though you should go off - unless you sneakily kept the singleton S10!
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