February 2001 tips

Tip 1 -   Contract 4 © by South           (Degree of difficulty = 5)

After West overbid 1 ¨, he now leads the Ace, the King and the Jack of diamonds while East throws a small spade on the second and third round. How should South plan his play?

Tip 2 -   Contract 4 ª by South           (Degree of difficulty = 5)

West leads the Queen of diamonds. How should South plan his play?

Tip 3 -   Contract 4 ª by South           (Degree of difficulty = 10)

This time West leads the 9 of spades. How should South plan his play?

Tip 4 -   Contract 2 ¨ by South           (Degree of difficulty = 3)

West leads the 6 of hearts to East's Ace who returns in the suit; West takes two more heart tricks, then switches to diamonds. How should South plan his play?

Tip 5 -   Contract 3 NT by South           (Degree of difficulty = 5)

West leads the 3 of hearts. South tries the J © from dummy but East plays the Queen. How should South plan his play?

Tip 6 -   Contract 3 NT by South           (Degree of difficulty = 5)

West leads the King of diamonds. How should South plan his play?

Tip 7 -   Contract 6 ª by South           (Degree of difficulty = 12)

West leads the Q of diamonds. Taken with the Ace in dummy, South immediately tries the heart finesse playing a small heart to the Queen, but West takes with the King and returns hearts. How should South play to make this contract which is not a sure one?

Tips n 8 - Guess who is the old Oy Vey Wise Member the following story tells of.    (It's worth 12 p.)

A teenager who was also an avid golfer found himself with a few hours to spare one afternoon. He figured if he hurried and played very fast, he could get in 9 holes before he had to head home to complete his homework. Just as he was about to tee off the wise Oy Vey Member shuffled onto the tee and asked if she could accompany the teenager as he was golfing alone.
Not being able to say no, he allowed the wise Oy Vey member to join him.
To his surprise the wise Oy Vey member played fairly quickly. She didn't hit the ball far, but plodded along consistently and didn't waste much time. Finally, they reached the 9th fairway and the teenager found himself with a tough shot.
There was a large pine tree right in front of his ball and it was directly between his ball and the green.
After several minutes of debating how to hit the shot the pld wise Oy Vey member finally said, "You know, it happened to me the same shot when I was your age.  I'd hit the ball right over that tree."
With that challenge placed before him, the teenager swung hard, hit the ball up, right smack into the top of the tree trunk and it thudded back on the ground not a foot from where it had originally lay.
The wise Oy Vey member offered one more comment, "Of course, when I was your age that pine tree was only 3 feet tall."

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