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Langermann Bridge Game ca. 1910
My great-grandmother Charlotte Thannhauser Langermann (far left) and her sister Lina loved to play Bridge. Probably that is her brother Max in the center.
What is the correct line of play in the following hand:- North:-S-KJ5;H-Q75;D-752;C-AJ65 South:-S-AQ1086;H-AJ;D-AKQ;C-Q92 Contract is 6N.T by South and west leads D-J.
Well you want to maximize your chances without committing yourself early. You have ten top tricks and can easily develop an 11th in . Then the 12th comes if clubs are 3-3 or the K is onsides. So how to combine these? Win the and cross to dummy in . Then play a towards your queen. If RHO wins the K you have 12 tricks. If he ducks and the Q wins you have 11 so just lose a to set up a 12th (cross to dummy in and finesse at pairs so extra chances for 13). When the Q loses to the K you have 11 tricks and time to find out if clubs are 3-3 for 12 before trying the finesse. The problem with playing a to the !J instead is that you will not know whether or not to finesse when it loses and a comes back.
If it’s a novice East who ducks the small club without thinking, I would consider putting in the 9…
Allowed HTML: <a> <abbr> <acronym> <b> <blockquote> <cite> <code> <del> <em> <i> <q> <strike> <strong> For suit symbols put a ! in front of the letter for the suit in caps (e.g. !S for
the spade symbol).
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