HAYLING WIN THE FRIENDSHIP CUP
The annual teams match against Emsworth, hosted this year by Hayling, was played on Wednesday 17th April. Congratulations to the team, Alan, Eileen, Elissa, Leigh, Mary, Mike, Neil, Nigel, Ron, Sally, Shirley and, not least, Jim, who organised the event. Thanks also to Chris for volunteering to help behind the scenes.
This is a hand from Board 18 played at Emsworth on Tuesday evening (hands rotated):
Dealer North, East/West vulnerable
** One ace
West led 4♠.
Can you make 6♦?
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Win ♠A and cash ♣AK. Ruff ♣3 in dummy and play ♥A, discarding the losing spade from hand.
Return to hand and now ruff ♣4 in dummy and play dummy’s last trump. East can go up with his ♦A when he chooses, but the remainder of declarer’s hand is good.
Although North/South only hold 22 HCPs between them this is a good slam to be in. It only needs clubs to break 3 – 3 (35½%) or 4 – 2 with the length with East (another 24%) or 4 – 2 with the length with West and West also holding the ♦A (about 12½%). Say 72% in all.