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British Skat Association • View topic - 20 May 3/1: problems in defence
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20 May 3/1: problems in defence

PostPosted: Sat Jul 14, 2012 12:05 am
by John McLeod

Re: 20 May 3/1: problems in defence

PostPosted: Sat Jul 14, 2012 3:08 pm
by Mike Tobias
You may simply be being too hard on yourself, sometimes it's the 'wrong' move that beats the contract. In this case, declarer has a weak hand, but the 'right' play by you has given him 39pts after trick 1, and as the cards lie, the Ace of Spades and 10 of trumps to come.

Maybe despite the Vorhand's 4 trumps, the singleton Spade would have been a better lead, or the small Diamond rather than the King.

Re: 20 May 3/1: problems in defence

PostPosted: Mon Jul 16, 2012 10:04 pm
by John McLeod
As the cards lie, it seems that the singleton spade is indeed a better opening lead than the diamond king. This too is a surprise - normally you lead a singleton because you hope for a ruff, which you definitely don't want on this hand. The reason it works here is mainly that it's a cheap way to get rid of the lead. As with the diamonds, if Mittelhand has the ace of spades he should not play it, but keep it either to win a later trick on which Vorhand can throw his D10 or if necessary to save on one of Vorhand's big trumps.
You were in fact Vorhand on this deal, Mike. I would have led DK, just as you did. In general one should lead K rather than a small one from 10-K-x so as not to give declarer an extra trick if he has A-Q doubleton and chooses to finesse.
The small diamond lead is equivalent to the king on this deal if Mittelhand plays his ace, but worse if he correctly plays low, because you don't get the 4 points when declarer unloads his heart. After two rounds of playing small diamonds, if Mittelhand refuses to cover, you'll be leading your spade anyway. You'll end up leading it at some point almost whatever you do, because you are going to get the lead so many times with all those jacks.

Re: 20 May 3/1: problems in defence

PostPosted: Tue Jul 17, 2012 11:49 am
by Mike Tobias