Blocking or donating points, page 5


A block may turn into a point maker




This is a team that I have played many times in the past. Both are players are very aggressive and have a reputation for coming out ahead in many games that they play.



Table Position
Jack-jack call from 3rd

I'm sitting in the South seat. The dealer in East turns up a king of clubs. At this point, we have a comfortable five-point lead [9-4] and I need to protect it. I order the dealer(E) to pick up the king.


Jack-jack call from 3rd

I lead the ace of trump, West shows void, my partner(N) plays the queen and the dealer(E) takes the trick with the right. So far it looks like my assumption was correct. They have 1 trick.


Jack-jack call from 3rd

Next, the dealer(E) leads back the ten of diamonds. This is not surprising as I know this player will do everything possible to make us think that I blocked unnecessarily. (The only way to be sure is to go back and review the game.)


I'm void in diamonds so I throw off a junk nine of hearts. West is also void and plays the ten of spades. My partner(N) takes the trick with the jack. Interesting! Now we both have a trick.


Jack-jack call from 3rd

Now my partner(N) leads the king of spades. The dealer(E) trumps in with the nine. I follow suit and West plays the jack of hearts. Little did I know, but my partner was setting the dealer up for an end play.


The end play was successful. No matter what card the dealer(E) tried it couldn't be stopped. We had the last two tricks and another point.




Suggested Further Reading:

Blocking or donating points, page 1
Naming trump, expecting to be euchred

Blocking or donating points, page 2
Common situations that call for a block

Blocking or donating points, page 3
How to block correctly

Blocking or donating points, page 4
Incorrect play while blocking

Blocking or donating points, page 5
A block may turn into a point maker

Blocking or donating points, page 6
Always protect your large lead

Blocking or donating points, page 7
Don't make it easy for them to win







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