Neither vulnerable. North deals.
u K Q 7 6 4
v 7 6 5 3
w A 8 2
x 10 9 7 6 x Q 5 4
u A 10 3 u J 9 8 5 2
v K 10 v A
w 10 5 4 3 w K 9 7 6
x A K J 8 3
v Q J 9 8 4 2
w Q J
NORTH EAST SOUTH WEST
Pass Pass 1v Pass
1u Pass 1x Pass
2v Pass 2x Pass
5v Pass Pass Pass
Opening lead: Four of w
The final of the Senior Teams Championship at the recent fall national championships held in Orlando, Fla., was an exciting struggle. At the halfway point a team captained by Tony Ames led George Rosenkranz by 27 International Match Points. Rosenkranz tied it in the third quarter, largely thanks to this deal.
This was the auction where Ames sat North-South. It might seem that North underbid on the second round, but at that point it was not yet clear that South held more than three diamonds. That was cleared up when South rebid spades to show five cards and, hence, a six-card diamond suit, and North bounced into the diamond game.
Rosenkranz, West, led the four of clubs and declarer elected to bank everything on the finesse by ducking in dummy. East, Miguel Reygadas, won with the king and in the fullness of time the defenders collected two trump tricks for down one.
The contract and opening lead were the same at the other table. Here declarer, Neil Chambers, decided not to put all his eggs in one basket. He rose with the ace of clubs at trick one and led the king of hearts. East wisely refused to cover and declarer ruffed. The top spades were cashed, declarer pitching one of the table's clubs, and a spade was ruffed, fetching the queen.
Declarer returned to hand with a heart ruff and led the jack of spades, getting rid of dummy's remaining club. Whether or not East ruffed, two trump tricks were all the defenders could get.
No team was able to establish mastery over the final 16 boards, and the Ames team emerged winners by 2 IMPs, the equivalent of a part score, over 64 boards.
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