What does 4NT mean in each of the following cases?

(i)

S

W

N

E

1

-

4

4NT

(ii)

S

W

N

E

1

-

3NT

-

4NT

 

 

 

(iii)

S

W

N

E

1

-

1

-

1♠

-

3♣

-

3NT

-

4NT

 

(iv)

S

W

N

E

1

-

1

-

1♠

-

3♣

-

3NT

-

4♣

-

4

-

4NT

 

 

Solution:

(i)

5-5 minors

(ii)

Quantitative. 18-19 HCP

(iii)

Quantitative. A strong minor fit, but 4NT follows a bid of 3NT

(iv)

Blackwood, for , because responder has fixed the suit in saying 4♣.

Partner leads ♠K.

(i)

          ♠6 5 2

K                   ♠A 7 3

(ii)

           ♠J 5 2

K                   ♠A 7 3

 

Which card do you play in each case?

Why?


Solution:

(i)

Play the ♠A to unblock the suit. Partner will have something like ♠K Q J x or ♠K Q 10 x.

 

(ii)

With the ♠J on table, you can't unblock. Show standard count with ♠3. Partner will now play small to allow you to unblock.

Contract: 2♠, lead ♥ Q

4 3 2

6 3 2

A Q 7

9 8 6 5

 

K Q J 10 8

A 5 4

K 6

♣ J 7 3

Plan the play.


Solution: Discard losers.

If you play a trump at the 2nd trick, the defense will make 6 tricks; you're 1 off.

After the ♥A play immediately the ♦K then a  for the ♦A and ♦Q discarding a or a .

As South you're playing in 6NT. Lead 10 ♣.

 

6 5

Q 7 6

A K 9 7 3

K 6 5

 

 

A Q 3

A 3

Q J 8 6

A Q J 3

 


Solution:

 

With 11 tricks off the top, your chances are with ♠ and ♥.

 

If you rely on finessing the ♠ to the Q, you'll go off if the K is off side.

Rather, play a small towards the Q; this is an indirect finesse.

 

If the ♥K is with West, you'll make 12 tricks;

if not, then you've still got a chance with the ♠ finesse.

 

Give yourself a 75% chance rather than 50%.

At teams, playing 3NT. Lead ♠K.

4 3

K 3 2

J 6 5 4

Q 10 3 2

 

A 2

A Q 4

A K 7 2

A J 9 7

Plan the play


Solution:

Take the ♠A on the second round.

Cash the ♦A and ♦K.

If the ♦Q is a doubleton you don't need the finesse.

If the ♦Q doesn't fall, go to table with the ♥K.

Run the ♣10, and, if it holds, the ♣Q, to eventually capture the ♣K.

If you begin with the finesse, and it's wrong, you lose the ♣K and 4 ♠ tricks.

This was the West hand:

♠ K Q J 9 7 ♥ 8 7 6 ♦ 9 8 3 ♣ K 4

Moral: increase your chances by testing the split before the finesse.