Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Seeing a squeeze at trick 1

This one wasn't easy, and I only saw it afterwards. But I think I should've realized the potential of this hand:

Dealer:North
Vul:Both
Scoring:MP
AQ85
2
AQ963
AT3
xxx
KQxx
Jxx
Jxx
JTxx
Jxxx
KTx
xx
K3
AT94
82
KQ984

You're playing 3NT and LHO starts with a small to his partner's J. Now, it seems like you have 10 tricks from the top if behave. How do you think to play as safe as possible for 11 tricks, and not losing 4 tricks? I thought playing safe on was probably safest so I cashed my Ace and played off my (deblocking the T in case they split 1-4). RHO discards 2 and a , LHO discards 2 . Now I started cashing and realized I didn't have a squeeze or endplay. 3NT+1 like the rest of the field.

Where did I go wrong? At trick 1 I needed to duck and take the 2nd with the Ace (or any other continuation in my hand if possible)! RHO can't do anything wrong and we have quite a lot of safety in playing for 5 tricks. Ducking rectifies the count, and have a triple squeeze against East. He needs to keep 4, 1 and Kx but after running the suit, he can only keep 6 cards, so he'll probabaly discard another . Now you can run 4 s endplaying him to bring to the AQ fork.

What if LHO has without K? Then there's always only 10 tricks, since A can't squeeze him (no communication) and there's no use in endplaying West anyway.
What if LHO has K without 4s? You'll be stuck in dummy and trying to endplay RHO in won't work. So a simple finesse would've been a lot more successful (which the rest of the field will probably do).
What if LHO has and K? Then you have a triple squeeze against West.

So I guess it's a matter of placing Kx and 4 together or apart, and play accordingly. Here the triple squeeze against East was possible, and I think it's the best line since you can also have a triple squeeze against West. You only give away a trick when LHO has Kx without , otherwise you gain. Ducking the first trick is the way to go.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Just duck hearts twice will always do the trick + rectified the count.

Smartest

Free said...

Not true. Since you don't have communication, your Heart menace is worthless...