From f2f competition, yesterday. How would you play 3♠XX, as West, on ♦Q lead?.
3SXX Play problem
Posted 2012-April-23, 09:20
Posted 2012-April-23, 11:04
Posted 2012-April-24, 08:43
Posted 2012-April-24, 10:13
Posted 2012-April-24, 10:33
In which case I
There's always a (very small) chance they won't find the heart switch in time...
Posted 2012-April-24, 11:01
If he leads the last diamond, we throw a club from dummy and ruff in hand, and then play more clubs, If North ruffs high, we underruff to endplay him, and if he ruffs low, we can overruff cheaply for the 7th trick with the top 2 spades to come.
If on the other hand, he leads a high spade, we win in hand and play a small trump back, ducking if North splits honors. This will force him to lead another spade picking them up while retaining control or give a ruff+discard for a trump coup.
This is all very double dummy though (not to mention that club switches beat the contract i think)
Posted 2012-April-24, 13:20
It is nigh impossible to find the winning line at the table in a pairs competition with the director breathing down your neck but you can make the contract on any lead,. John Matheson found the winning line in five minutes, at single-dummy. The successful play is similar to that suggested by mandude03: You win ♦A and cash ♣AK. both following. Assuming LHO has all five ♠, you can claim as soon as LHO follows to the 2nd ♣!
You cash ♥A and exit in a red suit. The best opponents can do is cash a ♦, a ♥ and exit in ♥. You ruff in dummy and lead a ♣ for LHO to ruff. Now, whatever LHO does, he makes only one more trick.
If LHO leads a red suit, you discard a ♣ from dummy, ruff in hand. Then lead a ♣, over-ruffing if he ruffs low but ducking if he ruffs with an honour.
If LHO leads a ♠ honour you win in hand, lead another ♠, and duck if LHO plays an honour.