BRIDGE


BRIDGE

Neither vulnerable, South deals.

NORTH

xA Q 10 8

uK 9 4

vA J 7 3

w10 8

WEST EAST

x7 6 4 2 x9 3

uQ u10 7 6 5 2

vK Q 10 8 4 v6 2

wA 5 4 wQ J 7 6

SOUTH

xK J 5

uA J 8 3

v9 5

wK 9 3 2

The bidding:

SOUTH WEST NORTH EAST

1w 1v 1x Pass

1NT Pass 3NT All pass

Opening lead: King of v

Today’s deal arose in a duplicate game, where overtricks can be worth their weight in gold. That’s just a clichi. Really, how much can an overtrick weigh?

South ducked the opening queen of diamonds lead and West shifted to a spade. South won this in his hand with the king and led a heart to the queen and king. With the queen of diamonds certainly in the West hand and the 10 of hearts seemingly with East, South was up to 10 tricks. Could he find an 11th? Yes he could!

Declarer ran the nine of hearts at this point, successfully finessing for the 10. This was followed by three more spades and a heart to the jack, leaving this position:

NORTH

xVoid

uVoid

vA J 7

w10 8

WEST EAST

xVoid xVoid

uVoid u10

vQ 10 8 v6

wA 5 wQ J 7

SOUTH

xVoid

uA

v9

wK 9 3

On the ace of hearts, West couldn’t defend the position. Another diamond discard would allow three diamond tricks in dummy, after the marked finesse, so West discarded his low club. Reading the cards perfectly, South discarded a low diamond from dummy and then led a low club from his hand. This crashed the now bare ace in the West hand and the king of clubs became the 11th trick. Well played!

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