Both vulnerable, West deals


xA J 9 6

u10 8 6 4 2


wK Q 7


xQ 8 7 5 4 x10

uK 7 uA 5

vA Q 2 vJ 10 7 6 5 4 3

w9 5 3 w10 8 2


xK 3 2

uQ J 9 3

v9 8

wA J 6 4

The bidding:


1x Pass 1NT Pass

Pass Dbl 2v 2u

Pass 3u Pass 4u

Pass Pass Dbl All pass

Opening lead: Five of x

Today’s deal is from the 2002 NEC Cup, a prestigious invitational competition held annually in Japan. When four hearts was played by North at other tables, East led his singleton spade. He then rose with his ace of hearts on the first round of trumps, led a diamond to West’s ace and got a spade ruff in return. West’s king of hearts was still to come and the contract was defeated.

When Polish expert Krzystof Jassem declared the hand from the South position, West found the killing spade lead from the West hand. Killing, did we say? Not against Jassem. South won the opening lead in his hand with the king, and instead of leading a trump, he led four rounds of clubs. West ruffed the fourth club with the seven of hearts and Jassem had a decision to make. Had he over-ruffed in dummy, he would have been defeated. East would over-ruff dummy with the ace and lead a diamond to West’s ace for a spade ruff. The king of hearts would again be the setting trick.

Jassem did not over-ruff and simply discarded dummy’s king of diamonds instead. West led a spade for East to ruff, but Jassem ruffed the ensuing diamond lead in dummy and led a trump. When the ace and king both crashed on this trick, Jassem had his game. The defense had taken three trump tricks but no diamond trick. Well done!

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