Friday, December 10, 2010

Jennbridge: Round One Stories

The Experts, Bob and Jenn vs. Gary R. and Larry H., faced off in the first round of the afternoon STAC game today.  While the game was being organized, Gary and Bob shared hands from the Fall NABC in Orlando.  Gary gave us this play problem from a pair game.  He found himself in 7 notrump with these cards:

♠ KJxxx
♣ KQJ10xx

♠ Ax
♣ Ax

How would you play it after the jack of diamonds lead? (Answer below).

2. Bob followed it up with a hand that helped his team get to the finals of the North American Swiss.  At favorable vulnerability, what would you do with this hand after your partner opens 3H and your RHO jumps to 4S?

♠ Jx
♣ AKxxx

Answers below:


1.  There was general agreement that we would cash the top 3 diamonds (LHO started with 5), then the ace of hearts, then start running clubs.  Either LHO will be squeezed or there will be a double squeeze.  The ace of hearts is cashed before the clubs are run because 4 discards are needed on the clubs and the queen of hearts serves as a threat card (Vienna Coup). Quite possible that RHO will be squeezed in hearts and spades and be forced to unguard spades to hold the king of hearts.  If the heart king doesn't appear, the queen is discarded.

Then LHO will be squeezed in diamonds and spades.  Cute hand.  Gary made it for a great score.

2.  If you double 4 spades, you are minus 990.  If you bid 5 hearts and then double 5 spades, you are minus 850!  The only winning action is to push on to 6 hearts over 5 spades.  Both 5 hearts and 5 spades make.   Quite an interesting hand!  Bob bid 5S over 5H and scored up 850.
E-W Vul♠ —
J 10 9 x x x x
x x x
♣ Q x x
♠ K x x
Q x x
J 10 x x x
♣ x x
♠ A Q 10 x x x x x
A x

♣ J 10 x
♠ J x
A K Q x x
♣ A K x x x

See you at the table!

1 comment:

Len said...

On the first deal you could play DQ, SAK, CA, HA, then four more clubs, reaching this position:

SJx Dx Cx


and cash the last club for a simple squeeze played as a positional double (note, your recommended squeeze is also simple, since only one opponent guards spades, but also played as a double, since you don't know which opponent).

Your line can squeeze East in the majors or either opponent in the pointy suits. The other can squeeze East in the red suits or either opponent in the pointy suits.

In other words, the difference is when the SQ and the long diamonds are split, so you win when SQ is with HK in East, this wins when HK is with the long diamonds in East.

So, is a hand with HK more likely to have SQ or 4+ diamonds? SQ, by 48% to 45%.

Nicely played (assuming he made it...)