An unlucky Grand Hand

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.
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Mike Tobias
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An unlucky Grand Hand

Post by Mike Tobias » Tue Jul 16, 2013 11:31 am

From the YMCA tournament 15/07/13.

Middlehand played Grand Hand holding:
J. C,S,D
C. A
S. A
H. 10
D. 10,K,Q,7

and fell victim to terrible distribution. I held in Forehand:
C. K,Q.9,8,7
S. 10
H. K
D. A,9,8

My DA lead drew a smear of C10 from Hinterhand, (21pts) giving away declarer's singleton Ace, which was then drawn by my CK lead and duly trumped by HH (38). leaving declarer's H10 to eventually fall to A,K (63)

Would you have played Grand Hand?

Patrick Phair
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Re: An unlucky Grand Hand

Post by Patrick Phair » Fri Jul 26, 2013 6:12 pm

I agree that Grand Hand is reasonable, and the actual distribution is very unlucky. However I would probably exchange since the chances of Schneider/Schwarz are greatly increased.

The skat must have contained two small cards in spades/hearts. On the actual distribution I would replace H10 with one of these and scrape home with the game.


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