Re: What's the best line in 6NT?
- From: bd@xxxxxxxxxx (Bernard Danloy)
- Date: Thu, 14 Sep 2006 21:31:20 +0200
In article <1158253604.133621.203320@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>,
"Frances" <FrancesHinden@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote :
Tim DeLaney wrote:....
North dealer, love all, total points (aggregate) scoring
2D 2NT (23-24)
3C 3D (no 5-card major)
8 of hearts lead
plan the play
In my view, everybody is ignoring the best line, which was posted by
Travis Crump. I found his post a bit hard to follow, and maybe that's
why he is being ignored. With apologies to Travis, allow me to try to
Win HA, DK, and finesse DJ.
If DJ wins, lead SJ looking for three tricks in each suit. All you need
is diamonds 3-3 or to drop the ST in three rounds, or a double squeeze
with spades as the common suit. (This might be turn out to be a simple
played as double.) It's difficult to set up a position that can be
defended successfully -- try it. The play of the SJ demonstrates
conclusively, IMO, that playing diamonds is superior to any immediate
If the DJ wins (and they aren't 5-1), why is it not better to play a
low spade towards the Queen, rather than the SJ from hand?
- This ensures the contract if LHO has the SK as he can't afford to
- You still make the contract if the ST drops in 3 rounds or diamonds
You have given up on this double squeeze that you suggest, but I'm
struggling to see how it works anyway. After the SK loses you are
here, and they return a heart (say). While you have a double squeeze,
you need to know the double dummy lie. Otherwise, you cash spades to
find out who is guarding them, unblock clubs and get to this position
and it doesn't work.
The alternative is not to cash spades, but then you don't know who you
are squeezing in what when.
I must confess first i missed a few subtil details of Tim's approach
( the lack of a blank line between his example and the previous
sentence let me focus on something unimportant ).
The crucial point ( and i now agree entirely with him ) is to switch
from diamonds to spades as soon as DJ holds ( cashing DA is wrong ! )
Now, to answer Frances, playing SJ is far superior imho because the one
who has SK ( and cannot duck ) cannot return a spade ( dummy has Q9 and
declarer has A8 ) ; so he has to return a heart or a club and you keep
full communication in spades between hands.
The absence of precise knowledge about the identity of the opponent
who could be squeezed in D-S or in C-S is not vital ; those squeezes
are only an additionnal chance to the basic one ( D 3-3 or ST dropping ).
Moreover you can imagine a last improvement of Tim's approach : cash
CA and CQ before leading SJ.
Doing so, if you win the heart return in dummy, cash CK and reenter
hand with HA, you create some positions for an automatic squeeze :
S-D against RHO and C-S against LHO e.g.
I am still waiting for someone to give more precise odds than me.
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