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Level 4, C-3

#1 User is offline   adamw 

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Posted 2021-May-13, 22:05

This deal has a few problems.

First of all, there are two reasonable solutions:

1. The recommended line, duck three rounds of and then take the hook or cash the A, depending on who holds the long hearts.

2. Win the third and retain the option of strip-squeezing West.

If we win the third and cash the s we learn that West holds 4 and is likely 4=5 in the majors. When no one shows out on the first West is 31, 22, 13, or 04 in the minors. The first two are more likely and allow a throw-in to succeed.

Another issue with the problem is that East plays the 6 at trick 3. This is the lowest spot outstanding and makes it vanishingly unlikely that East holds 5.

Another issue is that poor play goes unpunished. If declarer ducks three hearts, cashes four spades, and then cashes two clubs and the A he should go down, but makes when BridgeMaster allows the K to fall singleton. This destroys the main lesson of the hand, to take the safety play in while retaining control of the black suits.
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Posted 2021-May-15, 22:34

No deal is here- so a little micro deal???????????
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Posted 2021-May-19, 09:32

View PostdsLawsd, on 2021-May-15, 22:34, said:

No deal is here- so a little micro deal???????????

He's referring to a Bridge Master exercise.

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