In this episode, responder correctly invites a major suit game (3 level jump with 10-12 HCP) and smartly avoids initially wandering to another suit (i.e., 1 Heart – 1 Spade…) Okay, so far so good and when opener has more than a minimum 12-14 point hand, its time to bid game with a combined 25+ points. In fact after responder tables a handsome dummy with four trump including a top honor plus a few more primary honors in side suits, the sweet smell of a major suit game bonus is right around the corner.
Yet when missing the Queen-Jack and two small in trump, perhaps the declarer should pause for a moment to consider the best line of play should the trumps split badly. Sure, plunking down the Ace and King of trump seems automatic but as we will soon discover when trumps split 4-0 with the opponents, there’s a time and place to consider making a safety play. In our first play scenario we witness our declarer getting a bit lax. Hopefully, using a fall-back tactic will help our optimistic declarer bring home a game contract. As Winston Churchill espoused, “We will fight in the …, we will never surrender!” At our BridgeHands virtual table, we will tweak the opponents trump distribution and try different lines of play, followed with a critique. So sit right up and tune in to our BridgeHands videos!
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