|ANTI ENTRY STRATEGY|
to preserve or find Entries, the Defense
acts as Bridge terrorists - they try to destroy Entries. Sometimes
at all costs. This is done in the suicide play (Deschapelles Coup)
where one or two tricks are sacrificed in when blowing up an Entry.
Before we look at these extreme measures, let's examine some of
the more conventional weapons used by the Defense.
The Hold Up
The bidding in example 1 above, is fairly automatic; 1 NT ===> 3 NT.
West's opening lead is the 3 . East wins with the Ace and goes into
the tank. If partner had the King Queen Jack (or even the 10), he would
have led the K . Therefore Declarer has a Spade stopper. Once my A is knocked out there will be 6 tricks in Dummy, a Spade and 5 Diamonds; and most likely 2 Clubs (or a Club and a Heart ) in the closed hand. That's 9 tricks and the contract. Must keep Declarer from running those Diamonds. But how?
Hold up with the A . But that seems a bit futile since the A is the
entry to Dummy. Solution: blow up the A . The weapon of mass
destruction, known as Deschappelles Coup, will deployed by leading the K at trick 2. That lead will give the Declarer the Queen and Jack of Hearts, but will keep Declarer from making 5 Diamond tricks. Note: if Declarer holds up with the A , East continues the suit knocking out the Ace in Dummy. If South wins the first Heart lead, then East will hold up and win the third Diamond lead, isolating Dummy forever. Declarer will only make 1 Spade, 3 Hearts, 2 Diamonds and 2 Clubs; 8 tricks for down one.
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