Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Silly falsecarding

Lots of people hear about falsecarding when they reach intermediate level. They already saw it at the table when a good player 'fooled' them (or so they think), but never got more into it in detail. These days I see lots of absolute USELESS falsecarding. Here are some of the mistakes most made:
- they ALWAYS play their HIGHEST card -> that's 2 mistakes ;-)
- they play a high card too soon
- they play high-low every time they have Qxx in front of AKJ
- they make 'impossible' falsecards
- ...
All mistakes lead to the same result: it reveils the position of a certain suit to declarer, which can't be the purpose.

A few examples:
- You have a void in dummy, and AJxxx in your hand. You cash the Ace and you ruff a small one, RHO discarding the KING! It's quite impossible that the suit splits so badly, so you ruff another one and see RHO playing the TEN! Guess where the Q is... This is a foolish falsecard made by one of the best players in one of my local clubs, I really didn't knew what I saw.
- Another one of those: Jx opposite AKxx, you start with AK and see LHO play the Q. Now you ruff a small one and LHO plays the 9! Tnx for reveiling the 4-3 split.
- You play 4 with AJTx opposite xxxx. RHO leads a small (you try the J) and LHO takes with the King. LHO wouldn't lead from Qxx and when he has Qxxx you can't win. So you can just cash the Ace dropping the Q. If RHO would've played the Q, you can't make this conclusion.

There are some very good books on the subject. I haven't read one, but that's next on my personal list, because it's interesting to see WHY some falsecards really work.

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