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Lesson 13: Tricks from small cards Surendra Mehta March 2007

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Surendra Mehta, December Recap Recap through opening bids and responses

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Surendra Mehta, December You have 12 points or more. What is your opening bid? S X X H A Q K X X X D X X X C A X X X 13, U, 1H S A K Q X H X X D K J X X C J X X 14, B, 1NT S K X H Q J X X D A Q J X C K J X 17, B, 1D S A K H Q J X X D A Q J X C K J X 21, B, 2NT S A K H A K J X D A Q J X C K J X 26, B, 2C S K X H X X D A Q X X X X X C X X 9, UB, 3D

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Surendra Mehta, December Partner has an opening bid of (a) 1D; (b) 1H; (c) 1S; what is your response to each bid? S J X H Q X X D K Q X X C A Q X X Pt: 14 2c, 2c, 2c S A K X X H Q D A J X X C X X X X Pt: 14 1S, 1S, 4S S K Q X H Q X X D A X C A J X Pt: 16 3Nt, 3NT, 3NT S K X X X H A X X X X D C A K X X Pt: 14 1H, 4H, 4S S A X X H A X X X D Q X X X C K X Pt: 13 1H, 4H, 2H S A K X X H K Q X X X D Q X X C Q X Pt: 16 1H, 4H, 4S

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Surendra Mehta, December Tricks from small cards.

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Surendra Mehta, December ESTABLISHING TRICKS IN LONG SUITS H A K 3 2 H J 10 9H 8 7 The distribution is such that you will get the fourth H trick H Q On the other hand the distribution can be 4:1

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Surendra Mehta, December CONSIDERING DIVISION OF OPPONENTS’ CARDS West H J 10 9 North (dummy) H A K 3 2 South (declarer) H Q 6 5 East H West H J North (dummy) H A K 3 2 South (declarer) H Q 6 5 East H st : distribution is such that you will get the fourth H trick 2 nd : distribution is such that you will not get the fourth H trick

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Surendra Mehta, December EXPECTED DIVISION OF OPPONENTS’ CARDS No of cards heldMost likely distribution

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Surendra Mehta, December EXPECTED DIVISION OF OPPONENTS’ CARDS General rule Even No of cards – Uneven distribution Odd No of cards – Even distribution

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Surendra Mehta, December GETTING TO YOUR WINNERS North (dummy) A K Q 7 6 South (declarer) North (dummy) A South (declarer) K 3 2 Opponents have 5 – 3:2 Just play 3 top cards; the remaining 2 small diamonds will be winners Opponents have 5 – 3:2 2 options: Take your winners first or lose one of your tricks first. 2 nd option preferred - Entry

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Surendra Mehta, December Putting in practice? (3NT; west leads Q of spades) S T O P S 5 4 H D 8 7 C A K Organise the Plan Stop to consider the goal – 9 tricks Extra 2 tricks in clubs Tally the winners – 7 sure tricks; need 3 extra tricks S A K 8 7 H A K D A C Put your plan into operation

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Surendra Mehta, December Putting in practice? (3NT; west leads Q of spades) S T O P S K 8 7 H K Q 5 D C Organise the Plan Stop to consider the goal – 9 tricks Extra trick in D assuming opp 3:2 distribution Tally the winners – 8 sure tricks; need 1 extra trick S A 6 4 H A 10 9 D A K 8 4 C A 9 4 Put your plan into operation

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Surendra Mehta, December GIVING UP THE HAND North (dummy) South (declarer) Opponents have 5 D Odd number – thus assume even distribution (ie 3:2) Possible to make one trick in clubs Will need to give up the lead 3 times

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Surendra Mehta, December SUMMARY Suits of 8 or more cards – source of tricks with small cards It might require giving up the lead one or twice or even three times Odd number of cards (e.g. 5) will be divided evenly 3-2 rather than 4-1 Even number of cards (e.g. 6) will be divided unevenly 4-2 rather than 3-3

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