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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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