Illustrated Hungarian Tarokk: Example Deal 1

contributed by Révész Gábor

Yielded game, volát failed with kontra, pagátuhu made

Bidding

(translation)

ABCD
HáromKettőPasszPassz
Passz
ABCD
ThreeTwoPassPass
Pass1
1Yielded game - A shows the XX and a high honour.

Card distribution after the exchange

The discard

A: II, VII, XI, XV, XVIII, XX, skíz, clubQ, heartKdiamondJ
B: I, III, VI, VIII, IX, X, XII, XIV, XXIclubC, spadeC (declarer)
C: IIII, V, XIII, XVII, XIX, diamondQ, K, heartA, JheartQ, spadeQ
D: XVI, club10, J, K, diamondA, C, spade10, J, KheartC

Announcements

    B: Kilenc tarokk, hívom a XX-ast, trull, passz(Nine tarokks, I call the XX, trull, pass)
    C, D: Passz(Pass)
    A: Volát, passz(volát, pass)
    B: Pagátuhu, passz(pagátuhu, pass)
    C: Kontra volát, passz(Kontra the volát, pass)
    D, A, B: Passz(Pass)

The play

    TrickABCDABC
    1.VIIXXIIIIIXVI
    2.VIXVIIdiamondAXVIII
    3.skízVIIIVclub10
    4.XXIXXIIIspade10
    5.XIXIIXIXclubK
    6.heartAdiamondCheartKX
    7.IIIheartJclubJXV
    8.clubQIdiamondQspadeJ
    9.XIVdiamondKspadeKII

Comments

  1. B announced trull at the outset: in a yielded game, declarer is expected to do this if he has one of the high honours. Not saying trull would indicate to his partner that the declarer had the pagát and no high honour.
  2. A knew that the XIX was missing, because if B had had it, he would certainly have encouraged by announcing four kings. So the centrum and the following bonuses did not seem realistic. On the other hand the sixteen tarokks they had between them made volát a possibility, provided that the opponents did not have an extreme tarokk distribution.
  3. But the tarokk distribution was favourable for the opponents, and it was reasonable for C to kontra the volát.
  4. C wanted to endanger the uhu by finding A's suit after taking his trick. D supported his plan by throwing cards of the other three suits.
  5. By good play the pagátuhu was made, though. The players had to take care that A won trick 7, as it was necessary for him to lead his club to the eighth trick.

Result

Value of cards taken by declarer's team: 73 points

      Two with announced volát lost with kontra: -24 points
      Trull: 2 points
      Pagátuhu: 20 points
      Total: -2 points