Polling You # 79, Extra #2 Strong Jump Shifts, Suit Quality, Losing Trick Count, Cover Cards

Strong Jump Shifts, Suit Quality, Losing Trick Count

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Greetings Bridge Friends,

Welcome to  BridgeHands second “Extra” lesson that intercedes our more voluminous, full length episodes.  Again you will have an opportunity to demonstrate your Strong Jump Shift bidding skills as well as some play skills from our prior lessons.

Polling You #79 Extra 2

Board 3
South Deals
E-W Vul
♠ 2
Q J 2
Q 9 7 6 5
♣ K 7 6 2
♠ K 9 6 5
10 9 8 3
10 8 4 3
♣ 9
♠ 7 4 3
K 7 6 5 4
♣ Q 5 4 3
♠ A Q J 10 8
K J 2
♣ A J 10 8


For better or worse, after South makes a Strong Jump Shift to 3 Clubs the partners wind up playing in a 6 Club contract.

Without looking at the hands, what West card do you suppose would be the killing lead?  Based on the bidding, would East’s play on the first make any difference?  If North held another primary honor instead of the working secondary honors, would that significantly affect their chances to make slam?  And finally, even with perfect “double-dummy” declarer play, if we exchanged the East-West trumps would that influence the outcome?   Inquiring minds must know!

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  1. sjmundell says:

    With my hand, North, I would not consider slam. South would have to open 2C to even start to look at slam. With 8 HCP and 3 distribution pts it doesn’t seem like slam is in the cards. Jim

    • BridgeHands says:
      Agreed, it’s a stretch to consider bidding slam with those values. Despite holding 2 controls and an great trump fit, having a baby Spade misfit (non-honor singleton), its certainly a downside.
      At any rate, the objective of the lesson was to illustrate the best line of play when the partnership stretched a bit too much or are finding bad fortunes based on the lay of the cards.
      Regards, Michael
  2. 7276dave says:

    Thanks Michael for the new format, first cut, Extra videos.
    Giving us your commentary and hand analysis as you go through the bidding and playing phases will certainly help me become a better player.
    I also appreciate having the hands full screen as this makes it much easier for us less visually capable types to follow the play.

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