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Mountnessing Bridge Club

 

 

Board 13: Part-score interest!

 

 

Hand played on 

25th January 2007

Board number 13

Red Section

Dealer

North

Vulnerability

Both

Submitted by

Alaric Cundy

 

 

 

North

2

QT986

J4

J6432

 

 

 

 

West

AK65

542

QT86

T7

 

East

T73

J73

K3

KQ985

 

 

 

 

 

North

 

 

 

Bidding: 

 

East

 

 

 

 

 

South

 

 

 

 

 

West

 

 

South

QJ984

AK

A9752

A

 

 

No

No

 

No

2

1  

2

No

  End

 

 

Humble part-scores can often provide interest - and here is an example!  The bidding seemed routine to me, but the hand was only occasionally played in 2 in practice.  I obediently led my ten of clubs, which was ducked all round to Declarer's Ace.  Declarer tried the Jack of spades, which I took, and played a diamond to the 4, King, and Ace.  Declarer cashed the Ace and King of hearts, then played the Queen of spades, covered, and ruffed.  A spade was discarded on the queen of hearts, and then the ten of hearts was run round to me, so I trumped.  Partner had a natural spade winner.  Declarer should now be in a position to make the contract: East tried the Club King, which Declarer ruffed.  If another trump is played then the defence makes in total 2 spades and three trumps, but Declarer tried to cash the winning spade first, which East was able to trump, for one off.

 

If West plucks up courage and leads a trump at trick one - a ploy that was  rather suggested given the bidding, but discouraged by West's trump holding - then this contract will always fail by one trick, so long as the defenders do not ever lead spades, as Declarer will lose three spades and three trumps.

 

As ever, there are some ifs and buts on this hand.  Firstly, what happens if 1 is passed out?  If Declarer unblocks the hearts, plays Ace other diamond, and then exits in diamonds whenever the lead is gained, then seven tricks should materialise (four tops plus three trumps).  Indeed, one declarer made eight tricks, possibly courtesy of scoring with the Queen of hearts.  Then what happens if South doubles the 2 bid (for take-out)?  One thing that might happen is that North declares in 2, and with the kind trump break that contract looks makeable, courtesy of a spade trick eventually materialising.  On the other hand, North might pass out 2 doubled, and that looks to be doomed to at least one off - giving East / West (at best) the dreaded -200, which is virtually always a bad score at match-pointed pairs.

 

No - it doesn't take a slam hand to create a bit of interest!