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הערכת היד – יד טובה-יד גרועה-צורת היד / סדרות 5 קלפים

פורסם בתאריך 17/04/2012.

אנו שמחים לפרסם את הכתבה השנייה מתוך 5- בנושא "הערכת היד – יד טובה-יד גרועה" (המקור: mrbridge).

ביד בתצורה של 4-3-3-3 מומלץ להפחית נקודה.

וגם, תובנות נוספות על יד של 5 קלפים בסדרה.

הכתבה היא בשפת המקור=אנגלית. בהמשך אעלה את התרגום בעברית וכתבות נוספות. לקריאת הכתבה לחצו כאן

HAND EVALUATION 41

 Good Hand, Bad Hand

Part 2 of 5 by Bernard Magee

SHAPE

A 4-3-3-3 distribution is the worst possible shape. It is clearly a bad shape for a suit contract, because there is very little chance of making tricks by ruffing; it is also bad in no-trump contracts, because, with only one long suit, it is more difficult to create extra tricks.

I like to take one point off whenever I have a 4-3-3-3 shape.

Here are two opening hands:

 Hand C has 15 HCP, but has no intermediates and the very worst shape (3-4-3-3). I would prefer to take a point off and open this hand 1NT, evaluating it as 14 points.

Hand D is the complete opposite, with all the high cards working together, tens galore, a nine and some shape. I would evaluate this hand as 15 points, opening it 1 and planning to rebid in no-trumps.

Let us put these hands together with the same East partner, as follows:

The auction with Hand C would be short but sweet: 1NT passed out. Certainly far enough and 90% of the time you will score a top for this; others will be floundering in 3NT, going off by one or two tricks.

With Hand D, the auction would be: 1 - 1 - 1NT – 3NT. With the strength in depth in each of the suits, you have a great chance of making 3NT; the opponents would need to find an unlikely spade lead to trouble you at all.

This was perhaps an exaggerated example, with a wealth of tens and a nine in massive contrast to the emptiness of Hand C, but it goes to show the worth of such strength and how necessary it is to evaluate your hand fully.

Your opponents might, on occasion, accuse you of malpractice for not opening 1NT with 12-14 points, but they would be out of order. Bidding is all about evaluating your hand – if you are not able to evaluate Hand D as stronger than Hand C, then something is very wrong!

Five-card Suits

Previously, we considered adding points for length when you have a useful suit. I do not like to add on a full point for a poor long suit, but it is still a positive attribute, especially because your partner might turn out to have some help for you there.

A club suit of Q-10-8-7-5 may well not make any tricks in the play of the hand, so I would not add a point for it, but, because there is a chance that partner might have helpful cards, it is important to register it as a positive factor.

A final pointer about shape came up in Chapter 5: a 5-4-3-1 shape is much preferable to 5-4-2-2 when playing in a suit contract. Since both hand types will have the same number of losing tricks, the hand with a singleton would be 'good' whilst the hand with two doubletons would be 'bad'.

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