and on the next round aim to finesse the t10.
Leading up to the tK first gains if East has the tA
singleton or tA-J doubleton.
If you are uncertain how to play a com bi nation,
try upgrading your honour cards by
one rank and play your suit in the same way.
Always prefer to lead up to an honour if a higher
honour is missing rather than just play the honour.
These guidelines have the merit of being very
practical. Consider Layout J:
´ J 9 3 2
´ Q 6 5 4
Simply upgrade the queen, jack and nine by two
ranks and you have Layout H. Therefore, you should
lead low to your ´Q and on the next round, unless
high cards appear that make it obvious to do other wise,
aim to finesse the ´9. You don't need to worry
about which distribution of the missing high cards
will allow you to escape for two losers, just do it.
Good technique allows you to escape for two losers
even in threatening breaks as in Layout K. You lead
the ´2 from dummy and the ´K appears . You next
play the ´Q, taken by the ´A, but now you have a
marked finesse against West's remaining ´10-8.
´ J 9 3 2
´ A 10 8 7 ´ K
´ Q 6 5 4
June 2015 English Bridge
Leading up to honours rather than cashing them is
good technique even if they are masters. How do
you play 6´ on the hand below?
The lead is the ™Q:
Game All. Dealer South.
´ K Q 10 7
™ A K 4
t 5 4
® A K 3 2
´ A J 9 8
™ 5 3 2
t A K 3 2
® 5 4
Six side-suit winners and a high cross-ruff seem to
give you an excellent chance of twelve tricks, but can
you get the detail right?
You can certainly start by taking the ™A and
drawing two rounds of trumps. If trumps were 3-2
that will leave a defender with a trump. You would
be most unlucky if a defender ruffed one of your
winners, but you can partially guard against that.
Lead from South towards the ®A, then low from
dummy to your tA. Continue with another club
towards the ®K and return to your hand with the
tK. Now cash the ™K and cross ruff the minors.
Do you see the point?
Suppose East started with three trumps and a
singleton diamond. He can ruff the second dia mond.
However, if you lead the second diamond from
dummy East would be ruffing a loser, not your tK.
You could later use your tK to discard dummy's
losing heart and still make twelve tricks. r
COMMON MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT THE LAWS
Gordon Rainsford debunks a few urban myths (more online, with video link, on page 65)
'The revoke didn't gain a trick'
The revoke laws aren't only there to restore equity - they also contain a punitive element to help
focus everyone's minds on the most basic requirement of the game: following suit. That means
that sometimes you will lose a trick even if your revoke didn't gain you anything, and conversely
you might end up no better off after your opponent has revoked - though you should never
end up worse off.