Illustrated Hungarian Tarokk: Example Deal 3
contributed by Révész Gábor
Pagátultimó announced and made against the skíz and the XXI
Card distribution after the exchange
|A: ||III, X, XI, XII, XIV, XIX, XX, Q, K||A, J|
|B: ||II, VI, XXI, skíz, C, K, A, C, Q||Q, 10|
|C: ||V, IX, XVII, 10, J, J, K, J, K||C|
|D: ||I, IIII, VII, VIII, XIII, XV, XVI, XVIII C||Q (declarer)|
|D: ||Nyolc tarokk, hívom a XX-ast, passz||(Eight tarokks, I call the XX, pass)|
|A: ||Négykirály, passz||(Four kings, pass)|
|B, C: ||Passz||(Pass)|
|D: ||Pagátultimó, passz||(pagátultimó, pass)|
|B: ||Kontra négykirály, passz||(Kontra the four kings, pass)|
|C, D, A: ||Passz||(Pass)|
- B started with just the skíz and two other tarokks; that is why he did not hold the one. He picked up the XXI from the talon. D's hand was strong enough to undertake a bid of one.
- A had two reasons for announcing four kings: if D has the skíz (and the XVIII), he may try to announce XXI-catch; if he has the pagát, announced pagátulti seems possible.
- It was reasonable for B to kontra the four kings. D has declared 8 tarokks and A has made an encouraging announcement of 4 kings without a high honour, so is probably also strong in tarokks. If A has seven tarokks, C will only have three, so will probably be able to put a king into the trick won by the skíz. If A has six tarokks then C and B have equal length in tarokks, but B will still have the chance to make himself longer compared to C after winning his first trick. If A encouraged with only five tarokks, the four kings is likely to be made.
- When A led the XIX to the first trick he was still hoping that his partner held the skíz and that they might be able to catch the XXI silently.
- Then until the sixth trick the play was normal. B leads suits to preserve his tarokks; A takes the lead whenever possible in order to help D's pagátulti by leading tarokks through B and C. A keeps the III as his last tarokk. In general it is good technique to do this when your partner is trying to make an ultimó: you do not want to take the lead with your last tarokk as you would then have to lead a suit.
- At trick 7, D faced the following choice: he did not know where the only tarokk he had not seen was: in his partner's or in B's hand. As the cards lie, A holds the last tarokk and A and D can win the last three tricks if D leads his diamond now. But if B has both this last tarokk and the K, the pagátulti will certainly fail if D leads the C to the seventh trick. So D chose the safe way to make the pagátulti, sacrificing the eighth trick and the game by leading his tarokk to trick 7.
Card value of declarer's team's tricks: 46 points
|Lost game (one): ||-3 points|
|Four kings lost with kontra: ||-4 points|
|Pagátultimó made: ||10 points|
|Total: ||3 points|