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I continue to be amazed by the varied and novel experiences I encounter at the bridge table. Most of these experiences are constructive; unusual distributions; rare card positions, unique lines of play. But novel experiences also result from misbids, misplays, and plain old forgetfulness. After fifty years, and over a million bridge hands, I thought I had seen every rediculous contract possible. But....NO!
After a curious 1NT opening, east balanced with a capalletti 2♣ , showing an unspecified one-suited hand. West alerted, south inquired, and west explained the bid accurately.... and followed with the PASS card! North had no difficulty passing, ending the auction. There you have it. East was left to play in a 1-1 club fit rather than a 6-5 diamond fit. A true first...hopefully never to be repeated
So you reach 6♠ with lots of chances. As long as hearts break 3-2 there are 11 easy tricks, with the 12th coming in diamonds or spades. Assume trump are 3-2 and plan the play.
At the table 7 pairs were in hearts with 3 making 6. Two of those 3 received a 2♠ lead solving all problems. The third declarer decided to try for a spade ruff if spades were 3-3(36%), or if the opponent with the long spades also had the last heart(?%). This approach also wins if the Q♠ is doubleton(16%). Win the opening lead; play AK♣ and a ♦ to Q♦ and east's A♦ . Win the ♦ return discarding a spade. Now KQ♥ , AK♠ , and Q♣ pitching dummys last spade. When the 9♠ is lead west must follow and dummy ruffs. A diamond back to declarer allows declarer to draw the last trump.
But nobody found the best line which is to set up the 5th diamond when diamonds break 4-3 (62%).
Bridge experts will tell you its usually a good idea to cash your winners first before starting a crossruff. Apparently, only one declarer heeded that advice on this hand. After ruffing the opening heart lead, declarer tests trumps, and south shows out. Your turn. Making seven earns all the matchpoints.
Drawing trump is out of the question! Declarer may need all three trump in hand to ruff 2♦ and one♠ . To find out cash three rounds of spades ending in dummy. When they break life gets easier. But be careful. If you play the last spade now, north will discard a diamond and then be able to ruff the second round of diamonds. So before playing the 13th spade, cash the A then K♦ , then lead the last spade. Now north cannot discard usefully and and declarer easily comes to 13 tricks on a crossruff.
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NOVEMBER 2018 DUMMY
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