East-West vulnerable. North deals.


xA Q 5 4

uA 5 3

vK Q 9 7 5



xK 7 3 xJ 10 8 6 2

uJ 10 9 6 uQ

v8 3 2 vJ 6

wQ 6 2 wK J 9 4 3



uK 8 7 4 2

vA 10 4

wA 8 7 5

The bidding:


1vPass 1u Pass

1x Pass 2w Pass

2u Pass 3v Pass

4NT Pass 5w Pass

6u Pass Pass Pass

Opening lead: Jack of u

It had been an uneventful fall at the bridge club for Trump Coup Tommy, and he gave a weekly subsidy to the League for Indigent Bridge Professionals. The first signs of a looming change were the coming of a cold spell and this deal.

By Tommy’s standards, the auction was tortuous. Once the double fit in the red suits and control of the black suits was established, Key-Card Blackwood revealed South held two aces and the king of hearts, North contracted for the heart slam. If trumps were 3-2, the contract was close to being laydown.

Since the auction marked North-South with shortage in the black suits, West decided that it might be a good idea to attack trumps, and led the seemingly safe jack of hearts. Any other suit would have led to a sure set.

West’s lead brought a ray of light to Tommy. He called for dummy’s ace and great was the fall thereon! The master was in control.

A club to the ace was followed by a club ruff in dummy. Declarer returned to hand with the ace of diamonds, finessed the queen of spades successfully and cashed the ace of spades, discarding a club from hand.

A spade was ruffed and the last club was ruffed with dummy’s last trump. The king and queen of diamonds were cashed. When West followed to all these tricks, the end position was ready. With both West and South down to nothing but trumps, Tommy led a diamond from the board and ruffed with the seven. West had to overruff with the nine and return a heart from 10-6 into Tommy’s K-8 — six hearts bid and made!

2013 Tribune Media Services

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