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|The Art of Counting - 2
||Contract: 3N |
||Board #: 1 |
||Vulnerable: All |
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This hand comes from the French National Teams 2011.
Bidding: Sitting North, Combescure preempted 3♣ on a tram ticket (vulnerable)!
Knowing his opponent, Bompis had to take the risk of trying 3NT after partner doubled. If 3NT were doubled he can still rescue to 4♥.
Play: This hand is a case for carefully counting the hands.
From the lead, declarer knows South had no clubs to start with, hence 8 clubs in North.
The ♥8 being the highest heart allowed to North (by virtue of the rule of 11), declarer is planning to make:
4♠ (South being favorite to hold the long spades to the Jack).
Once you have seen two diamond discards (the 4 and the 8) you have a complete count of the hands.
With 8 tricks in the pocket, and ♦AQJ sitting at your left, you just have to find a way to end-play South, so that he'll deliver you the ♦K trick gracefully.
In the closed room, North found the "normal" 4♣ opening bid. EW reached 5♥ doubled. 14 IMPs for Bompis - Quantin.