Tuesday, 10 January 2012

More Shortshake

The shortshake is a play named by Eric Rodwell in the 'The Rodwell Files' and the example from the books of Terence Reese.

West leads the J♠. One trick must be loss to the A♣ and possibly one to the K. It looks as though only a ruff threatens the contract. How would you play?

If this happened at the table, you would probably see the threat of the club ruff and play A and another trump. In problem format it is easier to spot the threat of the spade ruff. You should win the opening lead with the K♠ and discard the A♠ on the A.

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