Andre Asbury

Endplays 101

If I were to write a book on endplays, this one would certainly be one of the first hands I write about.

Dealer: North Vul: Both North  
West East
KTxxx Jx
KQ xx
xx JTxx
AJxx Qxxxx

I was declarer in 2H and got a low spade lead after west had overcalled 1S. The play is pretty straightforward and this is an easy endplay to execute. At trick two, you lead a heart, and at trick 3 lead another heart. West comes back with another spade and you cash the top diamonds to see if they break and allow you to pitch a spade loser, which they don’t. Now, you could lead up toward the club K for an extra trick, but you have an easy endplay by exiting with a spade. West is now in with the SK and has to concede a sluff-ruff or give you the CK. Either way, your club losers would be reduced to 1. I did modify the hand slightly from the actual layout when I played the hand last night, in which east has a heart honor and could spoil the endplay by shifting to a club.


HakimOctober 11th, 2015 at 8:22 pm

We had our first vacation since we had kids two years ago when the boys were 12 and 9. We go to the same small Massachusetts town on Cape Ann every year, so they know the place. We renetd a house in town (as we have done for 6 or 7 years now) and two years ago we let them go to the beach on their own during the day. We could see the beach from the living room, so it wasn’t truly nerve-wracking. The next year, we let them do it again, even though we were probably half a mile from the beach. They had the run of the town, and loved it. We read a LOT! This year, we took three of their friends with us (one 14-year-old and two 11-year olds; it seemed like a good idea at the time). All five of them were out all day swimming, fishing, and hanging out. They all had a blast. And we read A LOT! I definitely think going to one place and staying put is a good plan with little kids. Especially if you can find a place with some good outdoorsy things to do. We do take them other places over the course of a year, too, but it has really helped to have them learn the town we go to every year. We don’t worry about them getting lost, and the beaches aren’t crowded and don’t have rough surf so we never worried about them drowning either. So, vacations do come back into your life eventually! 29th, 2016 at 3:52 pm

Whoever edits and publishes these articles really knows what they’re doing. 1st, 2016 at 1:03 am

mal ein (abwegiger?) gedanke: bald ist weihnachten und auch die politiker werden in die ferien fahren/die bevölkerung andere dinge im sinn haben.., könnte es nicht sein, dass die dann irgendein faules gesetz durch den kongress peitschen? 18th, 2016 at 1:15 am

…Hyperbole is the coin of the realm for many trying to sell a product.Hyperbole has no place in medicine, but the comment to which I refer in my post is not hyperbole. It is something else entirely, but what it is, I leave to the reader to decide.– SS

wedding invitations rusticJuly 1st, 2016 at 2:45 pm

If you choose not to decide — you still have made a choice! 21st, 2016 at 5:42 pm

Hmm, big loss for the folks who don’t see them as one. Half my childhood favorite games were bought from TRU. The store I played Sonic R/3D Blast’s demos in still stands.

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