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WHAT TO TEACH ABOARD SHIP

LESSON 2

Defence against notrump

First hand is Eddie and Marty Bergen's. They love this one

Rule of eleven

  North  
  ♠K53  
  QJ9  
  Q32  
  ♣K543  
West East
♠Q1087 ♠AJ92
52 A643
764 J98
♣10862 ♣J7
  South  
  ♠64  
  K1087  
  AK105  
  ♣AQ9  

The contract is 3NT. Declarer is South.
West leads the seven of spades.

You have to MAKE declarer NOT play the king from dummy at trick one. Then let play proceed (having always checked bidding and lead after they have had a chance to try to do it right themselves).

East must play the two of spades at trick one (teach them rule of eleven). Important (to make the hand a real success) that you teach them first that declarer MUST attack hearts when they get the lead (or declarer ends up going down even though she has been GIVEN the contract by being allowed to win a trick with the king of spades.)

A follow up hand for declarer to use rule of eleven is:

  North  
  ♠AKJ2  
  K63  
  762  
  ♣532  
West East
♠Q10873 ♠5
10542 QJ7
J10 Q943
♣104 ♣KQJ98
  South  
  ♠964  
  A98  
  AK85  
  ♣A76  

 

South North
1NT 3NT

They all want to use Stayman so first off, teach them to NOT use Stayman with 4-3-3-3 hands. The seven of spades led. They have to duck this to the nine of spades in their hand. Rule of eleven is all about winning a trick economically.