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156. April 17, 2000 : ALL-STAR GAME 2

Dealer: North
Vul: N-S

North





 

West

East

 

A 4 2
8 6 3 2
A K 7 6 3
Q

8 5
K Q J 5
2
A K 8 7 5 4

 

South

 





 

South
Chemla

West
Meckstroth

North
Perron

East
Rodwell

 
 

 

Pass
Pass
Pass
 

 
2 (1)
2 (3)
4

Pass
Pass
Pass
End

2
2 (2)
2NT (4)
 

(1) Inquiry
(2) I have a four-card major
(3) Which?
(4) Hearts

You are East, declaring four hearts with no opposition bidding. South leads the Q. How do you play?

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SOLUTION

Dealer: North
Vul: N-S

North

K 10 9 7
4
10 9 8 5
J 9 6 2

 

West

East

 

A 4 2
8 6 3 2
A K 7 6 3
Q

8 5
K Q J 5
2
A K 8 7 5 4

 

South

 

Q J 6 3
A 10 9 7
Q J 4
10 3

Rodwell won the spade lead, took his spade discard, cashed the Q, lost the first round of trumps, then played a second round after being forced, before the clubs were established. Down one.

While this looks like the sort of game you ought to be able to make, it's not obvious that the straightforward line might be rejected in favor of something like: A, A, K, Q, diamond ruff, A, K.

After this start, South can't stop declarer from ruffing twice in the west hand.

Bridge Today, Nov-Dec 1992, p. 9

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