Vince Lombardi, the legendary coach of the Green Bay Packers, was said to have spent eight hours diagramming and analyzing one seemingly straightforward play. This month’s hand also appears simple but demonstrates the complexity of our game. We don’t have eight hours to break down each hand, but we need to make our 7 minutes productive.
1. A strong and forcing two-
2. With game values, when partner opens No Trump, forego Stayman with 4-3-3 distribution.
Lead Commentary: Most of the time, it’s safer to lead from a major rather than a minor with relatively equal length and strength. Minor suits often are concealed during the bidding, but major suits seldom are. With this month’s hand,
Play Commentary 1: With a combined holding, your hand and Dummy’s Ace-Queen-9 or Ace-Jack-9 (this hand) play low from Dummy.
Defensive Commentary: When Dummy plays low at first trick, East plays the 10. When third hand has a higher and a lower honor than Dummy, play the lower one.
Play Commentary 2: Counting tricks, declarer has two
NOTE: This ‘seemingly simple’ hand has five protocols for bidding, play and defense. Think deep from both sides of the table.
tip of the day
Do you have any hints to help my partner and me with opening leads?
The quickest and best advice I can give is to concentrate on the bidding and try to get a picture of the opponents’ hand through the auction before you lead.
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