I do not know how best to present this hand. I want you to follow along as a few cards are played; then I want to ask you a question. That would seem to indicate that I present the hand as a BBO movie. The trouble is, I don’t seem to be able to create a BBO movie with a partial deal. If I use one of the non-BBO formats, I won’t be able to have you play specific cards during the first part of the play. Use of the Next button is a nice feature of the BBO movie. Another problem: I am not sure whether I want to give you the North or South hand as a defensive problem. Enough with my ramblings: I’ll just give the whole hand and you may comment on it if you choose.
Some of you may recognize the hand. The game is IMPs; you are playing in a team league against some pretty stiff competition.
NS were playing standard leads, UDCA, and no Smith. Press the Next button above to follow the play to the first few tricks.
At the table, North continued a heart at trick 6 and declarer wrapped up 10 tricks. Clearly we have 5 tricks to take an defense. How best can we take them?
It looks like NS are cold for 10 tricks in hearts. Can North ever reasonably intorduce this suit?
One thought that I had on defense was perhaps South, knowing that clubs are going nowhere, should discard a club to discourage that suit. Which club should he discard? Perhaps a very low spot should encourage hearts; a very high club should say “spades”, and a middle club spot would be neutral.