Hand from July 15th

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Hand from July 15th

Postby nswedd » Tue Jul 31, 2012 10:37 am

Among the hands from our July event in the Young Chelsea, I have noticed one that I thought worthy of comment. It was the ninth hand from the first session.

After winning the bidding for 18, middlehand picked up the Skat and then held
J CH
C -
S ATK8
H ATQ87
D 7

I would have discarded the diamond and a heart, and played in spades. (I think that many would prefer to discard the diamond and a spade, and play in hearts; but I find that 7-card trump suits are not as good as 6-card trump suits).

Declarer, however, chose to play in grand (I assume he discarded the diamond and some other small card, probably the HQ). This is sensible if he believed he needs a swing to catch up. If trumps split 1-1 he can almost certainly win the opening lead, draw trumps, and cash all his winners for Schwarz; but if they split 2-0 he will go off.

In fact, trumps split 1-1, spades 2-1, and hearts 1-1. And declarer still went off in his grand. How might this have happened?
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Re: Hand from July 15th

Postby John McLeod » Tue Jul 31, 2012 12:24 pm

With this hand I would play in hearts. I think a heart game is 100% safe, even with trumps 4-0, whereas a spade contract is in danger if the enemy trumps are all in one hand. I agree that the 6-card suit might be preferable if the hand were weaker.
nswedd wrote:In fact, trumps split 1-1, spades 2-1, and hearts 1-1. And declarer still went off in his grand. How might this have happened?
The easiest way is by revoking. Or you could accidentally trump the opening lead with the CJ instead of the HJ. Or having trumped with the HJ you could lead two rounds of either hearts or spades instead of drawing the trumps. Perhaps Martin will tell us his method?
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Re: Hand from July 15th

Postby Mike Tobias » Fri Oct 12, 2012 10:57 am

Sorry, I missed this completely.

I share Nick's aversion to 7 trumpers, but would still play this one in Hearts. With an AT side suit, even I'd struggle to lose it.

It's hard to see what the plan for winning Grand was, other than hoping for the Jacks to split.
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