Heather’s Hints by Heather Dhondy
At Pairs, Don’t Guard Against Unlikely
Bad Breaks if This Might Cost You Tricks
inserting the queen when East plays low. Therefore you should concern yourself
N/S Game. Dealer South. This loses to West’s ace, who cashes the more with this possibility.
´ AQ83 king of diamonds and plays a third round Cash the king of clubs and ruff the next
™ A9743 of that suit which you ruff. round high. If clubs are 3-3, this will only
t 965 This is the position we have reached: costs you a trick if trumps divide badly,
® 3 and as we have already established, this is
less likely than a 4-2 club break. When
´ AQ83 East discards on this, you can cross back to
S ™ 9743 hand with a trump, ruff another club
t — high, and play a second round of trumps
´ KJ76 ® — to hand. When both defenders follow to
™ J this second round, you can play winning
t A3 W E
clubs, allowing them a trump trick, but
® K Q 10 7 6 4 S retaining your last trump in hand.
This was the full deal:
West North East South ™ —
1® t — ´ AQ83
Pass 1™ Pass 1´ ® K 10 7 6 4 ™ A9743
Pass 4´ All Pass t 965
PLAYING PAIRS, West leads the seven of When you are playing pairs, you want to ´ 942 ´ 10 5
diamonds to East’s jack and your ace. How maximise your number of tricks when the ™ K 10 2 N ™ Q865
do you plan the play? suits are dividing reasonably, but not t K 10 7 S t QJ842
Setting up the clubs looks to be the best necessarily perfectly. What is the most ® AJ92 ® 85
prospect, and there are good chances of an likely distribution of the black suits? ´ KJ76
overtrick if East holds the ace and trumps With five cards missing in the trump ™ J
divide, if you begin by leading the clubs suit, the mostly likely distribution is 3-2; t A3
from dummy. Cross to the ace of hearts however, in clubs, where there are six cards ® K Q 10 7 6 4
and play a club towards your hand, missing, the most likely distribution is 4-2.
YORKSHIRE CBA IMPROVERS PAIRS Heather’s Hints
LEEDS BRIDGE Club hosted the inaugural Yorkshire Improvers Pairs Congress on 1st April.
Twenty-eight pairs from across Yorkshire took part in the event which was sponsored by • Try to maximise your number of
tricks at pairs by considering the
Yorkshire Building Society and supported by prizes from No Fear Bridge.
The rationale behind the congress is to provide a relaxed introduction to tournament most likely distribution of a suit.
play to players who have recently completed the two-year introductory course and are Don’t guard against unlikely bad
now participating in club improver events and also to newcomers developing their game breaks if it might cost you a trick.
in normal club duplicates. • Sometimes you can create extra
A splendid buffet meal gave participants ample scope to exchange their own learning tricks by ruffing high and conced-
experiences at the half way stage. ing a low trump. On this deal it was
Competition was fierce but Maxine and Trevor Lazenby of Leeds BC stayed consis- necessary to trump high to make
tently ahead of the field. Tanis Jackson – Gillian Emerson (Huddersfield BC) were second, the contract, even though West
and Jackie Roberts – Pauline Stout (Wetherby BC) came third. (Brian Davison) ended up scoring the ´9. r
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