Thursday, April 28, 2005 3:17 AM

Hand Evaluation - Drill

**PITBULLS:**

OK
patterns once again for old times sake. How many patterns are there with 4
cards as the longest suit ? Answer **3**
- so name them **4-4-3-2 , 4-4-4-1 and 4-3-3-3** . These are
the *4 series* of patterns. These **must** be memorized. Question how many
patterns are there with a 5 card suit as the longest ? Answer **6** - so name them **5-3-3-2 , 5-4-2-2 , 5-4-3-1 , 5-5-2-1** and two with voids ( not
common ) **5-4-4-0** and **5-5-3-0** so
memorizing **4 patterns** will suffice
. These are called the *5 series*
of patterns. Question how many patterns are there with 6 card suits ? Answer **7** – so name them **6-3-2-2 , 6-3-3-1 ,
6-4-2-1 , 6-5-1-1** and 3 with voids ( not common) **6-4-3-0 , 6-5-2-0 & 6-6-1-0** so memorizing **4 patterns** will suffice. These are called
the *6 series* of patterns. Forget
the 7 card suit patterns except **7-2-2-2 ,
7-3-2-1 and 7-4-1-1** . Work out all other patterns with longer suits
at the table.

According
to *my arithmetic* you ** only** have to

Playing
with a tormentee tonight in a 2♥ partial .
AJ108 of spades on the board and declarer leads the spade queen . You have
K9xxx of spades do you cover ? Experts do not use rote rules for covering an
honour with an honour . ** They
just apply patterns** . The patterns with this holding ( looking
at 9 spades ) are 5-4-3-1 , 5-4-2-2 so forget the pattern with a void as
partner is ruffing anyway. If the pattern is 5-4-2-2 , covering is no use as
declarer is getting 3 spade tricks whatever you do. If declarer has 3 spades ,
partner is ruffing the 2

What if you had 4 spades to the K9xx do you cover
? Now the **4 card patterns** come into play . There are
only 2 of them ( 4-3-3-3 is out )
so lets apply them. 4-4-3-2 you better cover as declarer has Qxx or Qx so you
protect your 9. You only lose in one case 4-4-4-1 with a stiff queen. Against
the odds so cover.

I see tormentees burning a lot of energy *thinking* when if they *just applied patterns* , a line of defense or play or lead will *come clear* . Thinking in patterns is *the basis** *of all Bridge decisions. ** Bridge
decisions** are made by applying patterns , deductive reasoning
follows.

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