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Psychobabble Smackdown instructive hand from Monday night

#1 User is offline   daveharty 

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Posted 2012-March-28, 18:50

Every Monday night in the Beginner/Intermediate Lounge, I moderate a Play-and-Discuss table. This past Monday, I changed the format a little and ran a team game for some of the regular attendees. In a battle I called the "Psychobabble Smackdown," the Freudian Slips took on the Jungian Archetypes; Team Freud prevailed in the eight-board match. The following hand came up during the match; it contains a very simple and extremely common theme. One declarer was caught off-guard; the other kept his cool and earned a big swing for his team. Follow the play of the first few tricks by clicking the "Next" button:





At this point, the paths taken at the two tables diverged. How would you proceed?

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Posted 2012-March-30, 06:39

Excellent material for B/N forum. After several threads with material beyond B/N level, I was worried the concept would fail. This is more like it.

Admittedly a strange thread title but it got my attention :)
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Posted 2012-April-03, 04:32

on a teacher's terms... The base hand is north (more trumps), and north has no diamond losers, so ruffing them is pointless.
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Posted 2012-April-03, 08:18

Good problem.

Just fyi - David Bird has a great chapter on surviving 4-1 trump breaks in Off-Road Declarer Play.
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Posted 2012-April-03, 11:36

View Posty66, on 2012-April-03, 08:18, said:

Good problem.

Just fyi - David Bird has a great chapter on surviving 4-1 trump breaks in Off-Road Declarer Play.


Great problem for N/B and the key is to count winners and losers and not panic. Thx for the link to that book, I was unfamiliar with it.

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Posted 2012-April-04, 17:08

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There is a big difference between a good decision and a good result. Let's keep our posts about good decisions rather than "gotcha" results!
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Posted 2012-April-05, 00:02

I'm not sure a beginner would understand your answer, HighLow21.
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Posted 2012-April-05, 12:18

It can't cost to draw two rounds of trumps before ruffing the heart, right?
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Posted 2012-April-05, 16:31

View PostAntrax, on 2012-April-05, 00:02, said:

I'm not sure a beginner would understand your answer, HighLow21.

What is there not to understand? This is a hand about trump control. I have more trumps than East and I have to keep it so that I have more than he does until the A gets knocked out.
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Posted 2012-April-06, 00:01

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I have 1 more trump than East so I have control. The risk is that if I duck the K♠, E might force me with a heart. The club ace winner can then force me again. If it is East he can draw N's trumps and I'm in big trouble.

So win this round, knock out the A♣, win the return, and claim.

I've bolded uses of slang and/or concepts that at least I, as a beginner, was unfamiliar with. Overall your post addresses another line of play without explaining exactly what it is, and only hinting on how it could go wrong. I think it's better to be more verbose and use English terms.
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Posted 2012-April-06, 01:49

View Postkuhchung, on 2012-April-05, 12:18, said:

It can't cost to draw two rounds of trumps before ruffing the heart, right?


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