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Blocking or donating points, page 5

Once again, we turn a block into a point maker


Last update on: Jan 28, 2019

This is a game against 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.


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 may have been correct. They have one 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 anything to make me think that I blocked unnecessarily. (The only way I could be sure is to go back and review the game.)

I'm void in diamonds so I throw off a junk 9 of hearts. West is also void and plays the 10 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 9. 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.

My partner's end play was successful, we had the last two tricks and another point.



Suggested Further Reading:

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Naming trump, expecting to be euchred

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Common situations that call for a block

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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

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Blocking as a form of communication

Blocking or donating points, page 7
Always protect your large lead

Blocking or donating points, page 8
Don't make it easy for them to win

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