Here’s the difference between a “decent” Declarer player and a “Jaw-dropping” Declarer Player!
The “stunning declarer player” uses A SIMPLE RULE OF 40 -makes it seem like they know where all the missing high cards are and it’s so easy to use this Rule.
Total -40 HCP’S
As soon as lead comes down, and you see Dummy, add your high card points (HCP) to Dummy’s HCP and when totalled, subtract from 40. (Once you get the number of points remaining ), review the bidding:
Between you and dummy, you have 25 HCT’s and are South in a contract of 4 spades
40-25 = 15 HCP’S LEFT between the opponents,
NOW DISTRIBUTE THOSE POINTS BETWEEN YOUR OPPONENTS BASED ON THE FOLLOWING:
1. Did your left-hand opponent (LHO) West – overcall over your opening one spade bid?
Yes, she OVERCALLED and bid 2 diamonds – UMMM
To overcall at the 2 level she needs at least 5 diamonds and approx. 12points
How many points does that leave for your right-hand opponent (RHO) to have?????
Now that you know where the remaining HCP’S are, as declarer, plan to lead Low cards from your hand and if LHO plays Low, Finesse the suit in DUMMY, knowing RHO (East) doesn’t have much.
TRY to finesse dummy, as if YOU lead from “dummy” TOWARD YOUR hand, LHO will win YOUR HIGH cards. TRY to KEEP LHO to lead away from her high cards.
DID THE RIGHT – HAND OPP (RHO) double for takeout?
YOU South OPENED 1 spade
Your partner (N) raised to 3 spades
RHO doubled for take-out
You bid 4spades
Ok, what do we know?
LHO did not overcall or double
RHO ‘s DOUBLE SHOWS SHE IS SHORT IN YOUR TRUMP SUIT SO LHO WILL HAVE THE MAJORITY OF YOUR TRUMP SUIT.
THE RHO will have at least four hearts and tolerance for both minor suits and points to make up an opening hand counting her short suit (spades) – she counts dummy points as you will pick the suit and her hand will go down as dummy.
Declarer in south now knows the HCP’S that are missing are in LHO’S hot, little hand!
SO, as South in 4spades, LEAD LOW FROM THE DUMMY every chance you get AND FINESSE INTO LHO’S HAND. Dummy and you HAVE RHO SQUEEZED BETWEEN Those two HANDS!
We are still 4 spades. By south
Did opponent penalty double our 4 spade bid? If so, they probably have 4 or 5 of your trump and their partner has shown points during the auction either by opening, overcalling or using the takeout double.
— review the bidding and place the 40 high card points (HCPs) around the table to aid in making your plan.
“P” is for PAUSE
1. Look at the lead! — USE THE RULE OF FORTY!!!!
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