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Eye on the prize, not the point
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Here's another example, actually from the same game.  This time it's North...he got away with it, but he may have made the same error.  

           S AAKKKJJJT
           H KQT
           D KQT
           C KKKQT

S AQQT     +-------+  S QJT
H AAQQJTT  |   N   |  H AAKKJJJT
D AKQT     | W   E |  D QJJJT
C AAAQJ    |   S   |  C QJJT
           +-------+

           S AKQT
           H KQ
           D AAAKKQJT
           C AKQJTT

[Auction "N"]
Pass 50 Pass Pass
[Play "S"]
SA SQ SK SJ
DQ DT DQ DJ
DA DK DJ DJ
DQ DT DJ DA
CQ CA CQ CT
DK SK DT DA
CK CA CK CQ
HA HQ HK HQ
HA HT HK HK
SA SJ ST SQ
HQ HK HT DK
CJ CA CK CJ
HT CK HA DK
DT CQ CT DQ
DA CJ SK HJ
CT ST SJ CJ
CT SQ SA HJ

At this point, the defense has 18.  South appears to be stripping trump to set up spades, AND North has told him, yes, this is correct.

CA HJ ST HJ

THIS is where North may have erred.  If he plays the J, his last 2 cards are AT, and they're both good.  

SK HQ SA SQ
SJ HA ST HT

OK, if North is counting all 4 suits, he can see his play at trick 18 doesn't matter.  (All the clubs and diamonds have been played.  South has no hearts.  That means his last 2 cards are spades, AND therefore there's only 1 spade left for the defenders.)  But:

#1, few of us count all 4 suits at all...much less this accurately.  And West made a small error at trick 17 by pitching his low spade, rather than a heart.  This clarified the count.
#2, pick the *easier* route.  It saves heartburn for you and your partner.  Smile
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RE: Eye on the prize, not the point - ToreadorElder - 08-20-2016, 01:18 PM

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