September 2020 - 41

Newer Players

Parrish the Thought
BY ADAM PARRISH

adam@adamparrishbridge.com

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A-Q-10 suit combinations
The other day, my partner was in a
slam and had to figure out how to play a
tricky club suit. The opponents did not
participate in the auction.
Dummy
♠KQ8
♥AK65
♦Q87
♣ Q 10 9
Declarer
♠ A J 10 5 4
♥73
♦AK2
♣A32
No losers anywhere but clubs, where
she could lose two tricks. What's the
best way to win two club tricks and
lose only one?
My partner played the ♣A and then
led the ♣2 to the ♣Q. East won the
king. Subsequently the opponents got
the ♣J as well: down one. Could she
have done better?
Without the ♣10, that would be the

➤ Card Play 101 continued
fourth). However, you need two spade
tricks for your contract. So you must
assume the clubs are breaking 3-2.
Cash the ♣K and ♣Q, then lead the
♣10 (critical play) to dummy's ♣A.
Next, take a spade finesse. It loses, but
you get back on the board by leading
your ♣2 to dummy's ♣7. The second
spade finesse works, and you are home.
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right way to play this suit. The hope
is that West has the ♣K, so we would
lead up to the ♣Q, taking a simple
finesse. However, having the 10 and 9
provides another possibility: a double
finesse.
A double finesse means we take two
finesses in the suit, and hope that one
of them works. We're expecting to lose
one of them and hoping to win the
other.
In this case, we're going to lead clubs
from the dummy twice, taking two finesses against East; if he holds either
the ♣K or ♣J, we'll make our contract.
Let's see how it works.
We start with the ♣Q. If East has the
♣K and covers, life is easy: We win the
♣A, use the ♣10 to knock out the ♣J,
and now the 9 is high.
If East plays a small club, we duck
the ♣Q. If West wins the ♣K, now the
suit looks like this:
Dummy
♣ 10 9
Declarer
♣A3
The ♣K and ♣Q have already been
played, so we're now interested only
in the ♣J, and we can take a simple
finesse against East: Lead the ♣10, and
let it ride if East plays low.
My student's line was 50%, playing
for West to hold the ♣K.
My line makes if East holds either
the ♣K or the ♣J. Which is better,
West holding one card or East hold-

ing either of two cards? Your odds that
East holds either the king or the jack
are 75%.
Of course this line of play is not foolproof. West could have both the king
and the jack. But all we can do is play
the odds, and 75% is better than 50%.
You'll see this combination come up
often, so it's good to recognize it. The
key elements are that your goal is not
to lose two tricks in the suit when you
are missing the king and jack, but hold
the ace, queen, 10 and 9. Those cards
can be spread between the two hands
any way you like.
Dummy
♠Q 3 2

Declarer
♠A 10 9

Dummy
♥10 4 3

Declarer
♥A Q 9

Dummy
♦10 9 2

Declarer
♦A Q 3

Dummy
♣4 3 2

Declarer
♣A Q 10

Notice that when they're all in one
hand, you don't need the 9; when
they're split up, you do.
Be on the lookout for these combinations; they come up all the time!
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of September 2020

In First Seat - Paul Linxwiler
Inbox -Letters to the Editor
A Message from the President
The Recruiter King
The Rise and Fall of the Precision Team
Eyes on the Street
BBO Helpdesk
NABC Robot Individual
Play the Cards You're Dealt
Endless Summer Results
Defensive Maneuvers – part 4
Ruling the Game
The Bidding Box
It's Your Call
Card Play 101 - by Phillip Alder
Parrish the Thought - Adam Parrish
Reasoning with Robert - Robert Todd
Startup Bridge by Lynn Berg
Lessons Learned by Michael Berkowitz
Bidding Basics by Larry Cohen
Ask Jerry - by Jerry Helms
Mike's Bridge Lesson - Mike Lawrence
Chalk Talk- Eddie Kantar
Boehm on Bridge
Better Bridge with Bergen-Marty Bergen
Challenge of the Month
The Real Deal - by Larry Cohen
West Hands -Bidding Box
Bidding Matters - by Karen Walker
East Hands -Bidding Box
Test Your Play
Mike's Advice - by Mike Lawrence
Solutions to Test Your Play
My Bridge and Yours - by Frank Stewart
Dear Billy - by Billy Miller
Bridge with the Abbot - by David Bird
George's World - by George Jacobs
Life Master Milestones
New Life Masters
Puzzle Page
In Memoriam
Obituary - Sue Erwin (1943-2020)
Obituary - Clint Wright (1944-2020)
Obituary - Norma Sands (1938-2020)
Obituary - Carol Aitken (190-2020)
Obituary - Carol Linch (1935-2020)
Obituary - Barbara Hamman (1937-2020)
Obituary - Maria Teresa Lavazza (1937-2020)
Obituary - janet P. Breed (1935-2020)
Tournament Directory
September 2020 - 1
September 2020 - 2
September 2020 - 3
September 2020 - 4
September 2020 - 5
September 2020 - In First Seat - Paul Linxwiler
September 2020 - Inbox -Letters to the Editor
September 2020 - 8
September 2020 - A Message from the President
September 2020 - The Recruiter King
September 2020 - 11
September 2020 - The Rise and Fall of the Precision Team
September 2020 - 13
September 2020 - 14
September 2020 - 15
September 2020 - 16
September 2020 - 17
September 2020 - Eyes on the Street
September 2020 - 19
September 2020 - BBO Helpdesk
September 2020 - 21
September 2020 - NABC Robot Individual
September 2020 - Play the Cards You're Dealt
September 2020 - Endless Summer Results
September 2020 - 25
September 2020 - 26
September 2020 - 27
September 2020 - 28
September 2020 - Defensive Maneuvers – part 4
September 2020 - Ruling the Game
September 2020 - 31
September 2020 - The Bidding Box
September 2020 - 33
September 2020 - 34
September 2020 - 35
September 2020 - It's Your Call
September 2020 - 37
September 2020 - 38
September 2020 - 39
September 2020 - Card Play 101 - by Phillip Alder
September 2020 - Parrish the Thought - Adam Parrish
September 2020 - Reasoning with Robert - Robert Todd
September 2020 - Startup Bridge by Lynn Berg
September 2020 - Lessons Learned by Michael Berkowitz
September 2020 - Bidding Basics by Larry Cohen
September 2020 - 46
September 2020 - Ask Jerry - by Jerry Helms
September 2020 - Mike's Bridge Lesson - Mike Lawrence
September 2020 - Chalk Talk- Eddie Kantar
September 2020 - Boehm on Bridge
September 2020 - Better Bridge with Bergen-Marty Bergen
September 2020 - Challenge of the Month
September 2020 - West Hands -Bidding Box
September 2020 - Bidding Matters - by Karen Walker
September 2020 - Test Your Play
September 2020 - Mike's Advice - by Mike Lawrence
September 2020 - Solutions to Test Your Play
September 2020 - My Bridge and Yours - by Frank Stewart
September 2020 - Dear Billy - by Billy Miller
September 2020 - Bridge with the Abbot - by David Bird
September 2020 - George's World - by George Jacobs
September 2020 - Life Master Milestones
September 2020 - 63
September 2020 - New Life Masters
September 2020 - Puzzle Page
September 2020 - Obituary - Clint Wright (1944-2020)
September 2020 - Obituary - Barbara Hamman (1937-2020)
September 2020 - 68
September 2020 - Obituary - janet P. Breed (1935-2020)
September 2020 - 70
September 2020 - Tournament Directory
September 2020 - 72
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