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Here is another all too common error
Posted: Wed Dec 15, 2021 5:53 pm
Re: Here is another all too common error
Posted: Thu Dec 16, 2021 3:23 am
Lots of mistakes were made in this hand. First off S1 has to donate in that spot up 9-7. Now there's actually good debate on whether S1 should always donate up 9-7/9-6 if not guarded. I suspect there's a better strategy than that. But when you're up 9-7 with no trump, no aces you gotta pull the trigger.
After that S2 has an easy loner try but calls instead. Once S2 calls and S1 leads a non-ace, normally S2 should play off and see if his P can take the trick but given how strong S2's hand is might as well trump in and take control. Once S2 trumps in he makes the mistake of leading his off Ace before trump. There are times when that is correct, but clearly that's not the case in this hand. S2 should play the Right on trick two with the plan of leading the Left on 3rd street if there's a chance the enemy still has trump. In this case, after S2's hypothetical Right lead on 2nd street it will be clear that his opponents have no more trump given that S3 would play the KC, S1 will show void in trump, and S4 will play the TC when we already know he has the QC. So now there's no reason to play trump again on 3rd street. So S2 should play his Ah on 3rd street followed by the Th on 4th street, letting his P trump in netting his team an easy 2 points.
As played, S2's 4th street trump lead was bad given that it was easy to deduce his opponents were out of trump and his P had one more and the fact that S2 didn't not hold boss-boss.