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Il Colpo di Pitt

Pitt Coup

Questo colpo, che prende il nome da un non meglio identificato Mr. Pitt, realizza un sorpasso all'avversario di sinistra e un accorciamento in atout volontario, allo scopo di poter scartare, sull'ultimo atout della parte non accorciata, una carta che blocca un colore franco dell'altro lato.

 

 F986

 

 863
 865432
 -
 T432

 D
 75  ADFT92
 RD  T7
 D9852  AF74
   AR75  
 R4
 AF9
 RT63

Sud si trova a giocare 4♠ dopo che Est intervenuto a cuori e dopo che Ovest ha ubbidientemente attaccato con il 7 preso dall'Asso dell'Interferente che torna nel colore con la Dama.

Finito in mano con il Re di cuori, Sud incassa l'Asso di atout facendo attenzione a sbloccare l'8♠ del morto, poi incassa l'Asso di quadri e gioca il Fante di quadri preso dalla Dama di Ovest che muove fiori per l'Asso di Est che, a sua volta, intavola il Fante di cuori.

Il giocante inizia a mettere in pratica il colpo di Pitt tagliando con il Re di atout (accorciamento), poi gioca il 7♠ lisciandolo al morto (primo sorpasso in atout) e prosegue con il 5♠ per il 9♠ del morto (secondo sorpasso in atout):

   F

 

 -
 8654
 -
 T

 -
 -  T9
 -  -
 D985  F74
   -  
 -
 9
 RT63

Il giocante ora quasi in porto e deve solo incassare il Fante di picche scartandoci sopra  il 9 dalla mano allo scopo di sbloccare il colore.

Gli atout sono stati tutti eliminati e Sud pu reclamare le restanti prese incassando le quattro cartine di quadri franche del morto.

A playing tactic that allows the declarer to finesse the Left Hand Opponent's tenace towards the dummy's higher tenace.

Usually used together with unblocking technique:

   J9

 

 7
 98
 -
 T4

 -
 -  985
 -  -
 QJ8  74
   K8  
 -
 T
 93

Spade is trump, South leads 7 from dummy (North), East plays 9, South ruffs with K, West can do nothing but discard a small club.

Now, South uses the Pitt Coup by leading 8, West's 10 4 is finessed by North's J 9. More important is after North won West's first spade, another trump is played to clear West's last trump. South discards the 10 to unblock the diamond suit, so that North can cash the diamonds for the remaining tricks.

The full deal was:

South dealer
North-South vulnerable

   J975

 

 763
 986432
 -
 T432

 Q
 JT  AQ9852
 K7  Q5
QJ865  AT74
   AK86  
 K4
 AJT
 K932

 

South

West

North Esst
1NT P 2

2

3 4 4 end

The lead was theJ on which East played A.

A heart return was captured by South's K and West's 10 dropped. South counted that each minor suit had at least one loser.

Also, West was most likely to have doubleton heart jack and ten...Thus, the only hope was to knock out opponent's queen of spade in order to that the contract had a chance to make.

From the analysis, South played A, and luckily, East's queen was shown. South then played A and then followed by J. Very lucky, opponents' diamonds were 2-2 break.

After eaten by West's K, with some hesitation, 5  was returned. From this point, Sourth noted that with proper handling, the contract could be made.

In order to capture West's trump, South could not ruff with table's trump, also, he needed to unblock hand's 10 so as to cash table's diamond after clearing West's trump cards.

South thus discarded the 4 from table and lead East's A to win. Up to now, the defenders won one trick from each of the three side suits. East leaded 10, but it could not stop Sourth from making the contract. South won with K, and discarded the 6 from table instead of the apparently useless 7. South then drew trump from hand with 6, West played small and table won with 7.

Now, South played the 7 from table, East followed with 9 and South trumped with K, East discarded with 8. Now, the Pitt Coup can be used as previous shown.