North-South vulnerable. South deals.



North-South vulnerable. South deals.
NORTH
Q 10 9 6 5
6 4
A Q 9 6
K 2
WEST EAST
K 8 J 7 4
7 10 8 2
K 8 7 5 3 J 10 4 2
J 8 7 5 3 Q 10 9
SOUTH
A 3 2
A K Q J 9 5 3
Void
A 6 4
The bidding:
SOUTH WEST NORTH EAST
2 Pass 2 Pass
2 Pass 2 Pass
3 Pass 4NT Pass
5 Pass 5NT Pass
7 Pass Pass Pass
Opening lead: Five of
South America has produced one player who would rank among the all-time greats -- Brazil's Gabriel Chagas. Here he is declaring a grand slam at an international bridge event in Holland.
The first two bids were artificial. South's two clubs was a game force and two diamonds was a waiting response. Thereafter, the bidding was natural, with South's five clubs showing three aces. Change North's two queens for a king, and the grand slam would have been laydown.
West did well to stay away from a diamond lead. When dummy came down, Chagas saw that he would gain nothing from discarding a club on the ace of diamonds, and he selected a more devious line of play. He won the first trick with the king of clubs, continued with a club to the ace and ruffed a club in dummy. Next came six rounds of hearts, East discarding, in order, the four of spades, four of diamonds and deuce of diamonds, to show an even number of diamonds. This was now the position:
NORTH
Q 10
--
A Q
--
WEST EAST
K 8 J 7
-- --
K 8 J 10
-- --
SOUTH
A 3 2
3
--
--
When declarer now led his remaining heart, West had to commit himself before East could complete giving his count. After much agonizing, he chose to discard the eight of spades. Declarer got rid of dummy's queen of diamonds and scored the last three tricks by dropping the king of spades!
File this under P for "Pseudo-Squeeze."
& copy; 2007 Tribune Media Services
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