Hands from 16 November (Maria's last tournament)

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 16 November (Maria's last tournament)

Postby Patrick Phair » Thu Nov 21, 2013 12:58 am

Here are the more interesting hands I saw while writing them up.

Session 1 hand 3. Vorhand is dealt

J CHD
C TK8
S -
H ATK8
D -

Four out of five went Grand Hand. The clubs were 2-1 with the 9 in the skat, so Schneider made easily. Two declarers announced Schneider, but this looks unsound since it fails if either defender has AQx or Axx in clubs.

Session 1 hand 6. Hinterhand picks up the skat and sees

J CHD
C TK
S AT87
H 7
D K7

One played in spades for 22 and three more in Grand for 48. The puzzle is how the fifth, also in Grand, managed to make Schwarz!

Session 1 hand 9. This is a good example of opening one's mouth in case something good happens. Mittelhand has

J CH
C K7
S K9
H A7
D TK

Four players passed and the hand was thrown in. One bid 18 and got to play Clubs with 4 for 60.

Session 2 hand 1. Hinterhand was dealt

J -
C TKQ98
S A
H AT
D A7

Two (out of four) players bid against Vorhand's spades, and were rewarded with CA in the skat and a 3-2 heart break, scoring 120 in grand. The other two didn't bid and let Vorhand make 33 in spades (on a 7-card suit including the two top jacks).

Session 2 hand 2. This is a similar example of bidding high "without". Hinterhand has

J D
C T
S TQ
H 8
D ATK98

Three players won the bidding at 20, 24 and 27 and were unfortunate to find CJ in the skat. Two tried diamonds but failed to make Schneider. The third managed to make Grand, which looks a long shot. The fourth player left Mittelhand in 18; the skat converted his hand to

J CSH
C AQ87
S -
H ATQ
D -

which made Grand Schneider for 120.

Session 2 hand 11. Vorhand holds

J CSH
C -
S AQ
H KQ
D Q98

Two players won the bidding at or below 36 and played in diamonds. One was pushed all the way to 46 by a possible Null Ouvert and still played diamonds -- from the hand. The skat was C K8 so the first two declarers weren't helped by it, but 46 is so high that this declarer needed Schneider.

At the fourth table this hand sold out to 20, which looks odd. Hinterhand picked up the skat and held

J -
C ATKQ8
S TK98
H 9
D AK

This looks to me like a possible Clubs against 4, but declarer made Spades against 5 for 66.

Session 2 hand 12. Mittelhand picks up the skat and holds

J CSHD
C K8
S K87
H 7
D TK

Three played in spades for 55. One played in clubs and (surprisingly) made Schneider for 72.

Session 2 hand 19. This is another example of choosing a shorter, weaker trump suit. Vorhand exchanges, discards HK and D7, and holds

J CSD
C AKQ7
S K87
H -
D -

Of the two in clubs one made simple game for 36 and one Schneider for 48. The two in spades both made Schwarz for 55.

Session 3 hand 5. This is Martin's disaster. Vorhand is dealt

J CSD
C Q
S -
H AT97
D AT

Announcing Schneider looks better here than on hand 3 of session 1, but this time the hearts were 3-0 and Martin scored -384.

Session 4 hand 7. Vorhand holds

J -
C ATK
S Q
H 9
D ATQ98

Possibly influenced by the overbid on hand 2 of session 3 only one player took this beyond 18. Again CJ was in the skat, and the breaks were not good enough for the four-trump club contract to make. Against the quieter Vorhands Mittelhand won the bidding with

J S
C Q
S ATK7
H ATK7
D -

and picked up CJ and a small heart. Two made Hearts Schneider, and one got away with Grand which looks dodgy when the jacks don't split. But Hinterhand follows to two spades and a heart so it is difficult or impossible to beat it.

Patrick
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Re: Hands from 16 November (Maria's last tournament)

Postby John McLeod » Thu Nov 21, 2013 2:16 pm

Session 2 hand 11. Vorhand holds
J CSH
C -
S AQ
H KQ
D Q98
Two players won the bidding at or below 36 and played in diamonds. One was pushed all the way to 46 by a possible Null Ouvert and still played diamonds -- from the hand. The skat was C K8 so the first two declarers weren't helped by it, but 46 is so high that this declarer needed Schneider.
Both Michael W and I were annoyed about this. He accidentally bid too high and lost, and I was deprived of my good Null Ouvert, which makes since the hearts are not all on one side.
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Re: Hands from 16 November (Maria's last tournament)

Postby John McLeod » Thu Nov 21, 2013 2:25 pm

Session 2 hand 12. Mittelhand picks up the skat and holds
J CSHD
C K8
S K87
H 7
D TK
Three played in spades for 55. One played in clubs and (surprisingly) made Schneider for 72.
Some people have a superstitious fear of playing with 7 trumps. The way you make Schneider in clubs is as follows. Discard DT and H7. Trump the opening heart lead and draw trumps. Then lead your DK, which Hinterhand ducks, hoping to catch the 10 that you have discarded. After that you only give up two spades for 25 points.
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