Source: The Tuscaloosa News – Apr 3 1967

Oswald Jacoby
Oswald Jacoby

Oswald: “How about devoting this week’s articles to lessons on dummy play?”

Jim: “Good idea. I happen to have some hands that Eddie Kanter uses in his teaching in Los Angeles.”

Oswald: “Let’s use one that illustrates how declarer can count the number of cards held in an important suit, so he can change a guess into a sure thing?”

Jim: “This is one he uses in his advanced classes. South is declarer at a normal six no-trump contract.

Dealer South. Both Vul

K Q 10
K 6 4
K 10 6 4
10 8 2
9 8 7 6 5
10 3
J 9 7 2
A 3
4 3
J 9 8 5
8 5
9 7 6 5 4
A J 2
A Q 7 2
A Q 3
West North East South
Pass 6NT Pass Pass

Contract: 6NT

Opening Lead: 9

How would you go about playing it?”

Oswald: “So I’m an advanced pupil! I start by counting 11 sure winner plus a potential trick in hearts or diamonds. If either suit breaks I am home. If the jack of diamonds drops I am home and there will be a squeeze of some sort if one opponent is long in both those red suits. In any event it is up to me to work on the black suits first. I win the spade in my hand and lead the king of clubs.”

Jim: “West wins and leads a second spade.”

Oswald: “I cash two clubs and a spade. Are there any discards?”

Jim: “West discards a spade on the third club: East a club on the third spade.”

Oswald: “What happens when I play three rounds of hearts?”

Jim: “West drops his last spade on the third heart.”

Oswald: “I’m going to pass this course. West has shown up with exactly five spades, two hearts and two clubs. He must hold four diamonds. I play my ace and queen and if the jack doesn’t drop I finesse against it with certainty of success.”

James Jacoby
James Jacoby

wikipedia: Oswald “Ozzie”, “Jake” Jacoby (December 8, 1902 – June 27, 1984)was an American contract bridge player and author, considered one of the greatest bridge players of all time and a key innovator in the game, having helped popularize widely used bidding moves such as Jacoby transfers.

James Oswald Jacoby (April 4, 1933 – February 8, 1991) was an American bridge player and writer. He played as Jim Jacoby but he wrote books as James and for many years co-wrote a syndicated bridge column with his father as “Jacoby on Bridge” by Oswald and James Jacoby. (He wrote a re-branded newspaper bridge column after his father’s death.)

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