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Second Hand High- make it difficult for the defense.

West
8765
KJ852
A4
109
North
A10
Q73
QJ1082
QJ6
East
932
96
K95
87432
South
KQJ4
A104
763
AK5
W
N
E
S
1NT
P
3NT
P
P
P
D
3NT South
NS: 0 EW: 0
5
3
9
10
3
1
0
1

 

At the Buffalo Regional this past Friday I was the guest speaker for the beginner/intermediate players and I talked about different situations where you might play second hand high. One of these was when you need to get in first to knock out declarer's remaining stopper, leaving partner with an entry to run his suit later. I was pleased to see such a situation appear in the very next session. Suprisingly it appears  almost all the Flight A declarers went wrong.

The heart lead runs around to your T and you'd like West to win the first diamond. 13 of the 15 tables were in 3NT by South and on 11 of them declarer was held to 9 tricks. My partner, and I suspect many other top players, just routinely led a diamond from his hand at trick two. West has an easy duck. If instead he uses one of dummy's 3 entries to enter the dummy and lead the Q it is going to be a difficult play for those who missed my lecture to rise with the K. It seems making life difficult for the defenders is a skill that could use some reinforcement!

 Traveler is here: https://live.acbl.org/event/1710059/2001/2/board-detail/J?board_num=7

 

Should East rise with the K at trick 3 if declarer enters dummy and runs the queen? Might declarer be baiting him with A9 doubleton??

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