Trumps Bridge Centre
In another hand from a past World Bridge Championship, we look at a textbook defensive situation with which few club players are familiar.
Dealer West, both vul
WEST EAST (Dummy)
S AK S JT42
H Q87 H T54
D K8 D AT96
C AKJ742 C 85
In this hand from a Senior Teams World Championship, North led the S5 (fourth highest) to the S2, S8 and SA. Declarer cashed the CA then crossed to dummy via the DA in order to lead a second round of clubs to finesse to the CJ. This won but North showed out. Declarer persisted with clubs but had to lose the fourth round to South.
South now switched to hearts; but which heart should South lead? Usually it is right to lead low (such as the fourth highest) when your honours are broken rather than sequential, but on the actual layout, declarer could then duck the trick around to North's HK, and a heart back would then set up declarer's HQ as a winner.
The hand below is a good basis for considering strategy in pairs events (such as regular duplicate games). Typically you are awarded two points (known as "matchpoints") for every pair you do better than on a hand, and one point for every pair you tie with. While bringing home marginal contracts can provide good scores, it is generally better to bid to normal spots and rely on careful play to score overtricks and thereby outscore your competitors.
Pairs or ordinary duplicate is normally scored at matchpoints, where scoring even 10 or 20 points more than the other players on the same board gives an absolute top. In contrast, playing for IMPs (normally used in teams scoring), it is the size of the score that is critical, rather than (say) paltry overtricks. IMP Pairs are gradually becoming more common, such as in our weekly Swiss Pairs on Wednesday evenings.
Consider this hand from the inaugural IMP Pairs World Champions in 2006:
Dealer North, Nil vul
S Q872 S J6
H QJ H AK7432
D T72 D 854
C JT85 C K4
The highly anticipated bridge book by Derrick Browne titled "Advanced Bridge - Contested Auctions" has been officially released on 1 October 2013. This book focuses on contested auctions (where both sides are bidding), including the modern style of weak raises in competition - with methods like cue raises, trial bids or the Truscott 2NT to show good hands. Resposnsive doubles, Michaels, Sacrificing and Balancing also feature. Please visit Trumps shop to order your copy.
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