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34. Monday - Sept 13, 1999 : THE SNEAKY 10

Dealer: South
Vul: All

North

A 3
8 5
A J 10 9 6 3
J 10 6

 

West

East

 









 

South

 

6
K J 7 6
5 4
A K Q 8 5 3

 

South

West

North

East

 
 

1
3

1
3

2
5

2
End

West les the K, won by the ace.

What would you have done now?

SOLUTION

Dealer: South
Vul: All

North

A 3
8 5
A J 10 9 6 3
J 10 6

 

West

East

 

K Q 10 8 4
A Q 3
K 7 2
4 2

J 9 7 5 2
10 9 4 2
Q 8
9 7

 

South

 

6
K J 7 6
5 4
A K Q 8 5 3

West les the K, won by the ace.

What would you have done now?

South asked everyone in the bar at the end of the afternoon session.

It is not too difficult to see how South played it. He led a club to the ace, a club back to the jack, and then advanced the 10 with a nonchalant air. East played low and the defenders had no further chance. If West won and played another spade, South was certainly not going to finesse in diamonds.

First of all, do you think East could be blamed for not going in with the Q? At a high level, yes; if South held K x x or even K x, he certainly would not be intending to let East in on the second round.

South enjoyed his round of compliments until a more skillful player declined to admire the play. "I don't understand why you won the opening spade lead," he said. "Just let the king of spade hold. Then you can discard a diamond on the ace of spades and establish the suit without letting East into the lead."

Bridge Today, Jul-Aug 1994, p. 28 Terence Reese

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