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BRIDGE



Published: Thu, February 3, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



Neither vulnerable. West deals.

NORTH

x -K 9 5 3

u -A K 10 8

v -A K 2

w -10 3

WEST EAST

x 8 4 x A Q J

u J 7 4 u Q 9 6 5

v Q 10 8 5 4 v 7 6 3

w 9 8 5 w K Q J

SOUTH

x 10 7 6 2

u 3 2

v J 9

w A 7 6 4 2

The bidding:

WEST NORTH EAST SOUTH

Pass 1v vbl 1x

Pass 4x Pass Pass

Pass

Opening lead: Four of u

If you were impressed by the declarer play of the IBPA Hand of the Year, you will be overwhelmed by this deal, awarded the prize for the best hand played by a junior. On this deal from the European Junior Team Championship, South was Israel's Gilad Ofir.

North certainly came to the event to bid. He judged his all-prime hand as being too strong to open one no trump. Most players holding his six-loser hand would have been content to jump to three spades in response to partner's one-spade takeout. Four spades was an endorsement of his partner's dummy play.

A spade lead would have given declarer no chance, but West cannot be faulted for leading a heart on this auction. Declarer won with the king of hearts, cashed the ace and ruffed a heart. Dummy was re-entered with the king of diamonds and the remaining heart was ruffed with the ten. A diamond to the ace provided the entry for a diamond ruff.

Reading the hand perfectly, declarer exited with a club that East was forced to win. The defender could do no better than return a club. Declarer won with the ace and ruffed a club in dummy for his ninth trick. With North and East both down to nothing but three trumps, declarer led a low trump from the table, forcing East to win, thereby promoting the king of spades to the fulfilling trick!

& copy; 2005 Tribune Media Services




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