Blocking or donating points, page 4
Incorrect play while blocking
The top teams are more competitive than ever. No question it's getting harder and harder to win. In many euchre games, blocking has become standard play. Very often blocking is also used as a way to protect a large lead. In using this strategy, teams can expect to give up two points, but they are stopping their rivals from making four. Still, every once in a while, when the euchre gods are in a giving mood, a point can be made by the team calls the block.
In this example, we have a 6 point lead with a score of 3 to 9. The dealer is in the West position and has just turned up the ten of diamonds. Calling a block, my partner(N) orders up the 10.
Now my partner(N) starts the hand by leading the left. East shows void, I (S) play the nine of diamonds and West follows suit with the ten.
Next North leads the nine of hearts. East throws off the jack of clubs. I play the queen of hearts. West trumps in, taking the trick with the king of diamonds.
West then leads the ace of clubs. At this point, we have one trick and I have the right for a second trick. Knowing East is void in trump, I wonder if it would be possible for my partner to get another trick. I duck, throwing off the 9 of spades. The ace of clubs walks.
Next West leads the ten of clubs. North (my partner) plays boss the king, As East is void in trump there is nothing they can do, so they throw off the jack of spades. Because I still hold the right, what started out as a block turned into a point maker.
Remember: When calling a block the best lead is always a trump.
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