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Bad reflexes - ToreadorElder - 07-03-2016

Notation is PBN, annotations mine.

           S AKKQQJ
           H KJTT
           D AKKJTT
           C KQJT

S AKJJTT   +-------+  S AKQJ
H QQJ      |   N   |  H AKKQQT
D AAKQQT   | W   E |  D AQJT
C AKQJJ    |   S   |  C AAKQTT
           +-------+

           S AQTT
           H AAAKJJT
           D KQJJ
           C AKQJT
}
[Auction "N"]
53 Pass 54 Pass
55 - Pass
[Play "E"]
DA DJ DK DJ
SA SQ SK SJ
HA HJ HQ HJ
CQ CK CA CJ      // (now West is in)
DA DK DT DJ
DA DK DQ DQ
SA SQ SK ST
DQ DA DJ DK   //  now North is in.
SA SJ ST SJ    
CT CA CJ CK
HQ HT HJ HK    
............

ARGH!!!
The bad reflex?  North cashing his spade ace at trick 9.  That card had one MAJOR value:  it was an entry back into North's hand, to lead another club through East.  South has no really attractive exit card now, and it has definitely messed up the timing for the defense.  

Oh, I also just noted...there's NO good reason to play the diamond ace at trick 8.  Play the 10.  This is SO common.

After 8 tricks, North is on lead in this position:

           S AKKQ
           H KTT
           D TT
           C QJT

S JJTT   +-------+  S QJ
H QJ      |   N   |  H KKQQT
D QT   | W   E |  D 
C KQJJ    |   S   |  C AAKTT
           +-------+

           S AT
           H AAAKJT
           D 
           C AQJT

Points to recognize:

1.  East-West have almost certainly played all their side aces.  
2.  South melded a run behind East, AND DUCKED.  It has to be attractive to lead THROUGH East.
3.  Secondary issue:  South had to play a 10 on West's spade ace.  Ewwww.  There is a pretty good chance at that point, that South started with ATx.  If so, if North leads his spade ace, he crashes South's...AND potentially sets up 2-3 spade tricks for East-West.  North *has no 10s*.

The next few tricks should go:

CQ CA CJ CK
HQ HT HJ HK
ST SJ SA SJ
CT CA CQ CJ    (North sacrifices his 10 to set up South's, much of the time.)
HQ HA HQ HT
CT
CA
HA ..... on which West *discards*

Unfortunately for South, North is also out.  And South has no exits.  South is going to have to give East a heart trick.  Bummer, but can't be helped that I can see.  South can't risk West having a heart ten.

You might be saying, well, the difference was only 1 trick...in the end result, that's correct.  But next time West will have TQJ of hearts, East will have AKKQQQ, and it's 2 tricks *and last trick* if South keeps his spade ace.  When North cashed his spade ace, he wiped out a whole swath of defensive possibilities.


RE: Bad reflexes - rakbeater - 07-04-2016

It would be cool if down the road we had the ability for this hand (or any hand) to be uploaded in a replayer and saved with the ability to have a comments section for each trick for indepth analysis.


RE: Bad reflexes - ToreadorElder - 07-05-2016

PlayOK lets you save hands in PBN. I should have the full hand in my records, but my file's up to 20,000 lines at this point. I'm trying to save every game.


RE: Bad reflexes - mickmackusa - 07-05-2016

I promise to make a dedicated customized MyBB-style code tag/feature for PN formatted hand histories.  In my mind, I have a little green clickable arrow next to the code block which will launch the annotation in the Animator.  I can't put the cart before the horse though.

My biggest fear is that the PN doesn't roll out fast enough and people start posting the PBN from PlayOK, which I struggle to read quickly (for a few reasons).

If the PN takes too much longer I fear I will need to write a PBN to PN converter - a rod for my back!

p.s. Putting the PBN inside of a MyBB Code block should preserve the diagram.


RE: Bad reflexes - ToreadorElder - 07-05-2016

ACK. Something I cut off. East named CLUBS. The way they implemented PBN, that's ABOVE the hand diagram.


RE: Bad reflexes - TigreLXIX - 07-05-2016

(07-05-2016, 08:50 PM)ToreadorElder Wrote:  ACK.  Something I cut off.  East named CLUBS.  The way they implemented PBN, that's ABOVE the hand diagram.

I noticed that the trump declaration was missing, but kind of assumed clubs was trump.

Another thing - the first line after the table diagram says "Auction 'N'." If this is how it's actually declared, it's rather confusing; as I interpret it, North dealt and East started the auction. Took me a minute to figure this out as well.


RE: Bad reflexes - ToreadorElder - 07-06-2016

Yeah, but once you realize what he's doing, it's entirely sensible. Auction, with North dealer...OK, that means East has the first call.