AVOIDING THE 4-4 FIT AND THEN PLAYING LIKE GOD

//AVOIDING THE 4-4 FIT AND THEN PLAYING LIKE GOD
Dlr: South Vul: E-W
Scoring: IMPs

North
S K 9 5 4
H K 9 3
D Q J 2
C A 8 7
South
S A 6 3 2
H Q 6
D A K 10 9 8 7 5
C

SouthWestNorthEast
1DDb1Rdb12C
3DPass4CPass
4SPass6DAll Pass

Opening lead: CK

Can you see a way out of this mess? Diamonds are 2-1, West having the singleton. Hint: Don’t expect spades to be 3-2

There is a way out of this mess and it is practically fool proof. Ruff the opening lead and lead a low heart at trick two. If West, marked with the ace on the bidding, goes up you have 12 tricks: 7 diamonds, 2 hearts, 2 spades and the CA. West does best to duck. After you win the HK, discard the HQ on the CA and ruff a club stripping that suit. Next, enter dummy twice in diamonds to ruff dummy’s two remaining hearts stripping that suit as well. .

Now you have to tackle spades and guarding against any four spades in the West hand, start by leading low. If West plays low, insert the 9. Say it loses. If West has another spade to return the suit has broken 3-2 and you have the rest (East does not have four spades!) If East does not have another spade, a likely scenario, he must give you a ruff and a discard allowing you to discard a spade from your hand and ruff in dummy (or vice-versa) No more second spade loser.

Say when you lead a low spade West plays an honor. No problem. Play low from dummy. If West started with QJ10x, West has no safe exit. If West leads a second honor, you can win in your hand and then lead low to the 9 in dummy. If West gets out with a lower spade, stick in the nine. It will either win or if East covers, win the ace and now that spades have broken 3-2, you have the rest.

The play of leading a low heart toward the king, second hand needing the ace, is called a MORTON’S FORK COUP. Notice if declarer thinks that East has the HA, then the first heart lead must come from the dummy forcing East to play second to the trick.
Also, it is important not to cash the CA prematurely

Dlr: South Vul: E-W
Scoring: IMPs

North
S K 9 5 4
H K 9 3
D Q J 2
C A 8 7
West
S Q J 10 8
H A J 10 7
D 3
C K Q J 9
East
S 7
H 8 5 4 2
D 6 4
C 10 6 5 4 3 2
South
S A 6 3 2
H Q 6
D A K 10 9 8 7 5
C


SouthWestNorthEast
1DDb1Rdb12C
3DPass4CPass
4SPass6DAll Pass

 

2017-12-17T11:05:32+00:00By |Categories: Bridge Tips and Tricks|Tags: , |0 Comments

About the Author:

Eddie Kantar is a professional bridge player, writer, teacher and member of the Bridge Hall of Fame. He won two World Champion and thirteen North American Championship titles. Eddie writes regularly for numerous bridge magazines around the world and is a frequent host on bridge cruises. He has written some 25 bridge books, some available in CD-Rom form, and is also a regular contributor to the ACBL Bulletin, Bridge World, Bridge Today, and OKbridge.

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