The Schnapsen Log
In this third round of the regional tournament you have been pitted against Rudi, whom you have found to be an exceptionally challenging opponent. In the previous deal you finally took over the game point lead, and both of you are now within striking distance of winning the game. And then this disaster occurs:
Stock: 5 face-down cards
Game points: Rudi 3, You 2
Trick points: Rudi 60, You 0
On lead: Rudi
How did you get to a trick point score of 60:0 after only two tricks? The answer is obvious: Rudi declared the royal marriage at trick 1, led the king, and continued with the ten of trumps at 2. You discarded a jack and a king on these two tricks, which comes to 60 trick points. In the diagrammed position, Rudi now does what you feared: he closes the stock, which means that this deal will decide the entire game. He then leads ♠T.
Things look decidedly bleak, but it won’t do you any good to panic or despair. What is your plan? When you think you have a good one, you are welcome to read my analysis.
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