Andre Asbury

A Cool Unblocking Play

Last night I had the worst set of 6 boards in a row I can ever remember. In the whole 8 board match, we lost 38-37. Anyway, the board I’m writing about today was a push. It was also the only board without at least a 6 imp swing. Both myself and the person at the other table went down in what is a cold contract on the lie of the cards.


How do you play the hand after AK of clubs and a ruff, and a shift to the diamond queen? At the other table, the declarer started with the spade 2 to the K so now he could never set up a 3rd heart trick and be able to get to it.

I, on the other hand, started with the 6 of spades to the J, ruffed a heart with the 8, and played the spade 10 to the K. I remembered to unblock 3 times already to position myself to ruff one more heart high, for if the suit splits 4-4, dummy’s last heart will be good for the crucial 3rd pitch I need for my diamonds. but when I saw the 3-1 spade split, i just cashed the AK and eventually lost a diamond. I was so focused on retaining the spade 3 as a potential entry that the fact that east already used a trump completely slipped my mind. It’s a cool hand, nonetheless.

I expect to make plays like that all the time but still when such an unblock opportunity comes up, it’s cool. I’ll blame it on being sleep deprived all week. It wouldn’t be so bad if I wasn’t so careful about preserving my deuce of spades from the beginning, but to get it that much right and then forget something simple is really frustrating.


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