Beware of the Greeks bearing GiftsJune 3, 2013
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Contract 7 by South. Opening lead 8. Plan your play.
You went wrong at trick one! The correct play is to win the first trick in dummy. ‘s need to be 4-3 for you to make the contract. So, cash A and ruff a . Enter hand with A, and ruff a again in dummy. Reenter hand with the carefully preserved Q. Ruff one more with Q. Ruff a into hand, draw trumps and claim.
It has been identified that the most common mistake and one which is often repeated by declarers during the play of a hand is the mismanagement of entries. If you carelessly play the 10 at trick one to promote an extra trick in the suit, you will be forced to win in hand when RHO covers with the J. This will remove a vital entry in your hand which will be required if the trumps are 4-0. The opening lead gives you an extra trick in clubs in the form of a gift, but you should be wary of the Greeks bearing gifts. If you do not spurn the gift, you will be defeated in the iron-clad contract. Supposing you find the trumps to be 3-1, enter hand with ruff for ruffing the fourth . If you try to enter with Q, LHO may ruff the trick if he had started with a singleton . Reenter hand again with another ruff, draw trumps and claim.
Summary & Tip
Plan the play to the entire hand before playing to trick 1. When the opening lead seems like a gift, it might just turn out to be a Trojan horse. So beware of the Greeks bearing gifts.