Daily Problem 3527 – Three In The Wrong Place
12 Jul

Dealer East : East-West vulnerable

  • North
  • K 10 2
  • A 6 4
  • A J 9 8 5 3 2
  • ---
  • South
  • 5 4
  • Q 10 9 8 7 5 2
  • ---
  • K 8 6 3

 

West
North
East
South
--- --- 1 4
4 5 Pas Pass
Dlbe All pass    

 

West leads the 6. What do you discard? What is your plan?

 

11 Jul

West dealer : Both vulnerable

West
North
East
South
1 1 ?  

 

What would you do as East with:


9 3 2
10 9 6 4
5 3
A K Q 6

There is no good action for East. The hand is too weak for 2 and bidding 1NT with no stopper in the opposition suit is risky, too. You could pass, of course, but if South also passes and West re-opens with a double, what will you do then. The action with least risk, in my view, is 1NT and hope partner can produce at least one honour.

I chose a riskier move, 1 , showing four or more spades. I survived this little frolic and the bidding went like this:

 

West
North
East
South
1 1 1 ? Pass
1NT Pass Pass 2 (1)
All pass      

 

(1) Natural, long spades

West leads the K and this is what you see:

 

  • North
  • 7 5
  • A Q J 7
  • A 10 9 7
  • 10 8 7
  • East
  • 9 3 2
  • 10 9 6 4
  • 5 3
  • A K Q 6

 

Declarer plays the A from dummy.

What card do you play on that?

Against 2 K and this is what you see:

 

  • North
  • 7 5
  • A Q J 7
  • A 10 9 7
  • 10 8 7
  • East
  • 9 3 2
  • 10 9 6 4
  • 5 3
  • A K Q 6

 

Declarer plays the A from dummy.

What card do you play on that?

You should discourage the diamonds, since you much prefer a club switch. Play the 5 if you play reverse signals, high-hate.

Declarer follows with the 2: seven – queen – three.

How do you plan the defence from here?

 

10 Jul

East dealer : Both vulnerable

West
North
East
South
--- --- Pass 4
4 ?    



What would you do as North with:
Q 2
K Q 9 4
A Q 8 6 4
A 3

09 Jul

East dealer : North-South vulnerable

West
North
East
South
--- --- 1 (1) 2
2 Dble (2) Pass 3
3 ?    

 

(1) 4+ spades
(2) For takeout

What would you do now as North with:


6,4,2
Q,8,6,3
K,5
A,Q,9,6

08 Jul

North dealer : Both vulnerable

West
North
East
South
--- 3 Dble (1) Pass
?      

 

What would you do as West with:

 

07 Jul

East dealer : Nil vulnerable

West
North
East
South
--- --- Pass 1
2 Dble (1) 5 ?
       

 

(1) Both majors, 6+ points

What would you do as South with:


A Q 8
6 4
A K Q J 10 2
7 4

Make your decision before reading on.

Today’s problem Part (2) (declarer play):

Let’s suppose you have chosen to bid 5 A and this is what you see:

  • North
  • K 10 6 4
  • K J 10 9 3
  • 7 5 3
  • 5
  • South
  • A Q 8
  • 6 4
  • A K Q J 10 2
  • 7 4

 

Trick 1: CA: five – three – four
Trick 2: West shifts to the 8. What do you play from dummy?

06 Jul

North dealer : North-South vulnerable

West
North
East
South
--- 1 Pass 2
?      

What would you do as West with:
8 6 5
7
Q J 10 8 6 4 2
K 8

05 Jul

South dealer : East-West vulnerable

West
North
East
South
--- --- --- Pass
?      

What would you open as West with:
A K Q 10 8 4
- - -
A J 7 3
A 9 4

You have the choice of 1 opening. Which do you choose?

04 Jul

North dealer : Both vulnerable

West
North
East
South
--- 1 Pass 1
Dble Rdbl (1) 2 3
?      

 

(1) 3-card spade support

What would you do as West with:


Q
J
K J 8 7 5 3
A 9 8 7 3

 

03 Jul

West dealer : Both vulnerable

West
North
East
South
1 Dble Pass ?
       

 

What should South do with:


J 8 7 6
K 10 8 3
Q 10 8 3
A

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