Aces and Spaces

When your opponents holds 7 cards and you are missing the king and queen, the probability is that it is a 4/3 split, with the king in one hand and the queen in the other.

Tips:

  • Think about what cards are out.  What are their probable placement from the bidding?
  • Which opponent has the points?

Strategy to win two of the three tricks:

  • Lead low from South.  If West plays low, play the 9 in North, which East will win with either the king or queen.
  • When lead is gained again in South, repeat.  If West plays low again, take the trick with the jack.
  • Follow with the Ace lead.  
North
AJ9
West
KT8
East
Q765
South
432
 

Use the jack to finesse.


Full Hands Practice:

North
AJ9
AJ864
T65
T4
10 HCP
West
KT8
QT3
J943
A98
10 HCP
East
Q765
K92
K2
Q732
10 HCP
South
432
75
AQ87
KJ65
10 HCP


Full Hands Practice:

North
AJ9
AJ864
T65
T4
10 HCP
West
KQ8
T3
KJ943
A98
13 HCP
East
T765
KQ92
2
Q732
7 HCP
South
432
75
AQ87
KJ65
10 HCP


Full Practice hands:

North
AJ9
AJ864
T65
T4
10 HCP
West
QT87
T3
J943
A98
7 HCP
East
K65
KQ92
K2
Q732
13 HCP
South
432
75
AQ87
KJ65
10 HCP

  • Play low from South, then North, and hope that West has the 10 and a HCP.