Shantanu Rastogi's Bridge Page
issue 81 (May 8, 2000)
First Bridge Web Page From India
Fan Mail: This is an e-mail from a person called Mayank Mohan which I've received today (10/5/2000).
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In this section I would be putting together all the information regarding bridge facilities in the various cities in India.The information may be sketchy at present but would be made comprehensive in future.
In this section I would cover tournaments happening in India and more so the tournaments happening in Northern part of India and in the state of Uttar Pradesh.
In this section I would cover one good deal which appeared in the Weekly Bridge Tournaments at Lucknow or in a recent tournament with explanations.
This week's deal is from weekly bridge tournament at Lucknow.
You are West and have just bid a game contract of 4 when your partner had opened 1 promising 5 card major and 12-16 HCP. North is on lead and leads King, a suit which he had overcalled at two level.North cashes two top s and continues with third top . For you this a brilliant oppourtunity - a ruff and discard situation. How would you play ?
Sitting North was an elderly fellow CBN Bajpai, who plays bridge because he loves the game. Over 70 years of age , he has taken lots of efforts to popularise bridge. Few years back he had written couple of bridge books in Hindi and had got them published at his own expenses. He has now written a book in English which deals with simple things. The book has been reviewed in the Indian Bridge World of January 2000.
You analyse your cards and find that if King and King are wrong you can not make the contract. So one of these should be correct. suit suggests that there could be two losers in the suit though you can by tackling the suit well restrict the losers to one. So is this your chance to make things easier ? It looks that you should discard a from dummy.
After you have taken the third trick, you play a to Ace or Ten in dummy and try a finesse. South covers Jack second time and as you play Ace , you find to your chagrin that North has ruffed the trick and has continued with a . Now even if you ruff with 10 of s , South would throw a to promote a trump trick or alternatively you are left with a loser.
So the correct play here was not to accept the gift from North at trick three. You should discard a . Now you can take out trumps and as King and King both are correct , you would score the contract.
Its not that by discarding you would not make the contarct. You can ,by playing two rounds of trumps, score the contract. But that is very risky if King is wrong and North is able to play third trump.
So giving ruff and discard is not as bad as it looks.
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