"Plan your play" revisited


1.    OKB     IMP     week 6     board 355


S- A75
H- J10
D- A7
C- A76543

 

S- KQ10943
H- A42
D- KJ3
C- K

With no bidding by the opposition, you reach a good small slam in spades. The lead is the H-K.

This is IMP's... no need to make 7.

What are your thoughts at this early stage? Your plan?

(Solution follows further down)

 



2.    OKB     IMP's     Week 47     Board 800  


S- A85
H- A7
D- AK6
C- A10876

 

S- 43
H- KQ10853
D- Q1095
C- 2

Our declarer played this hand in 4H-, and made 5-up. The lead was the S-K.

At the end of the hand he said "think I can make 6".

Yes, 6H- can be made.

How?

Solution to Hand 1

Dlr: N
Vul: E-W
S- A75
H- J10
D- A7
C- A76543
 
S- - - -
H- KQ87
D- Q10542
C- J1092
  S- J862
H- 9653
D- 986
C- Q8
  S- KQ10943
H- A42
D- KJ3
C- K
 

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Solution to Hand 2

Dlr: N
Vul: N-S
S- A85
H- A7
D- AK6
C- A10876
 
S- K10
H- J92
D- J872
C- KJ95
  S- QJ9762
H- 64
D- 43
C- Q43
  S- 43
H- KQ10853
D- Q1095
C- 2
 

Establish the 5th club for your 12th trick! It is imperative to start on the clubs immediately. You will use the heart ace, and diamond tops to establish and collect the 5th club.

Sequence of plays:

Win the S-A trick 1; C-A; C- ruff; H-K; H-A; C- ruff; H-Q; D-A; C- ruff; D-K; cash 13th C-; D-Q; If diamonds 3-3 or Jx, 7-up!

 



Plan before you play a card.   Get the timing right!

 


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