Joan Butts, one of the Australia’s Premier Bridge Teacher, had us playing hands based on a new book by Audrey Grant.
Here are the “Five tips for over-coming entry problems”
- Recognize a lower card as an entry by keeping a lower-ranking link card.
- A high card can be a link card by over taking
- Keep the entry with the suit to be established
- Play “the high card from the short side first”
- Take losses early to preserve entries.
We applied some the techniques to this famous hand:
Alfred Sheinwold played 7 from South on the 9 lead. We need FIVE entries to dummy. To establish the diamonds, win in hand with the A to preserve entries.
2 to dummy’s 8. Ruff a diamond.
3 to dummy’s 9. Ruff a diamond.
Q to dummy’s K. Ruff a diamond.
10 to dummy’s J. Ruff a diamond.
4 to dummy’s 5. Cash the K.
(This line won’t work if the 4 and 5 are swapped)