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This issue's board was an interesting match-point

one from the March series. Remember that you can

compare yourself with the best players using the

Face the Elites mode.

Playing a strong NT, South showed a weak NT by

opening 1t and rebidding 1NT. North, wanting to

know if partner had spade support, used the 2®

checkback convention. South obliged with 2´.

North now had to decide whether to investigate

slam or not. With at most 31 HCP and an 8-card fit,

he decided not to. Part of the reason was to conceal

information from EW to gain overtricks at matchpoints.

After receiving the t3 lead, let's pause and

analyse the board:

DThe North hand (the one with long trumps) has

one heart loser and two club losers;

DThe South hand can provide one discard on the

4th diamond;

DThere is also the potential to ruff one or two

clubs in dummy (South).

Given all this information, what is your plan?

The obvious plan that first comes to mind is to

remove trumps, cash four diamonds discarding the

losing heart from hand and give up two clubs (you

don't have the spots or the entries to try playing the

clubs for one loser at this point). This line of play

will always make 11 tricks when trumps break 3-2;

if trumps are 4-1, you won't have the tempo to

establish the 4th club but could decide to revert to

the double finesse in clubs giving up one club and

one heart.

At the table, I decided to take another line by

playing a small club to the jack at trick 2. My

thoughts were:

DIf they take the club and cash a heart, I will just

ruff a club and discard the other one on the 4th

diamond and I'll be back to 11 tricks;

DIf they take the club and don't cash the ace of

hearts, I will have a real chance for 12 tricks (and

a very good score) by ruffing two clubs and

discarding my heart loser on the 4th diamond

later;

Risk vs reward: the beauty of match-points

Funbridge Competitions by Christophe Grosset

E/W Game. Dealer South. Matchpoints

West North East South

1t

Pass 1´ Pass 1NT

Pass 2®1 Pass 2´

Pass 4´ All Pass

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