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THE Spring Fours always attracts a strong field with

many top international players and this year was no

exception. The final featured second seeds Hinden

(Frances Hinden, Graham Osborne, Jeffrey Allerton

and Jon Cooke) against a team that included two

current European champions from Israel, and two

Lithuanian stars (Lotan Fisher, Ron Schwartz, Vitas

Vainikonis, Wojtek Olanski, Waseem Naqvi and

Dror Padon). The Hinden team were undefeated

going into the final, and won it by 4 IMPs. As the

undefeated team, they could have called for eight

extra boards if they had been losing; however, this

proved to be un necessary.

Their final three matches were all close affairs,

and the first deal comes from round five against

previous winners Penfold (Sandra Penfold, Brian

Senior, Nevena Senior, Kalin Karaivanov, and

Rumen Trendafilov):

Game All. Dealer North.

´ 10 9 8 5 4

™ 10 5 2

t A 5 2

® K J

´ K 7 ´ Q J 6 2

™ Q 9 3 ™ 8 7 4

t K Q J 7 6 4 3 t Void

® 7 ® 10 9 8 5 4 2

´ A 3

™ A K J 6

t 10 9 8

® A Q 6 3

West North East South

Trendafilov Allerton Karaivanov Cooke

Pass Pass 1®

1t 1´ Pass 2™

Pass 3t Dble Pass

Pass Redble Pass 3NT

All Pass

Jon Cooke chose to reverse into hearts, holding no

stopper in diamonds, and Jeffrey Allerton's 3t bid

was a probe for no-trumps. Kalin Karaivanov's

double was a positive suggestion that a different

lead would be preferable, and Allerton's redouble

showed the ace of diamonds. Despite holding just

one stopper the only realistic contract for Cooke

was 3NT.

Rumen Trendafilov led the king of diamonds

which was ducked, Karaivanov discarding a club,

and the queen of diamonds continuation was won

in dummy. How would you plan the play?

The simple chance is to play for the heart finesse,

but how likely is this to work? Cooke realised that

West must hold some outside cards, since otherwise

he would have made a pre-emptive jump to 3t. He

then had to decide what the alternative lead East

was hoping for could be, and clearly this had to be

spades. Given these clues, it seemed almost in con ceivable

that the heart finesse would work, so he

chose instead to attempt an endplay.

Suppose West had begun with:

´ x ™ Q x x x t K Q J x x x x ® x

Now the line of cashing clubs and the ace of spades,

and throwing West in to lead away from the queen

of hearts would work, and this is the line many de clarers

would choose. However, Cooke saw a further

possibility. Suppose West had begun with two spades

to an honour and three hearts; now this line would

fail; but if, after unblocking dummy's clubs, he play ed

a spade to the ace, what should West do?

At the table West could see the endplay coming,

and he played the king of spades under the ace. This

was not a problem for Cooke since he simply played

a spade back to cut the defence's communications.

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