try for slam. The lack of a singleton or void, plus the
two-quick-loser-suit in hearts, deterred him. Plus
he was playing pairs - not pushing for close slams.
How ever, he was very keen to make the twelfth trick
in the play:
Game All. Dealer South.
´ Q 9 5 4
™ K 6 3
t A Q 2
® 8 7 3
´ Void ´ J 10 6 2
™ A 9 7 5 ™ J 10 8 4
t 10 9 8 7 3 t J 6 5
® J 6 5 2 ® Q 10
´ A K 8 7 3
™ Q 2
t K 4
® A K 9 4
West North East South
Pass 3´ Pass 4´
Declarer won West's ten of diamonds lead with the
king and at trick two led the two of hearts (key
play). This put West in a fork: rise with the ace and
declarer would have two heart tricks (and, together
with the third diamond, two club discards). So West
played low (best).
Winning dummy's king, declarer now started
spades in the correct way to cater for East holding
´J-10-x-x - cashing dummy's queen (there was
nothing he could do if West held ´J-10-x-x). West
did discard, so South led back a second spade to the
(ten and) king. He now crossed to the ace-queen of
diamonds and shed his queen of hearts, then led a
third spade to the seven.
Declarer now cashed the ace-king of clubs and
was delighted to see East's queen-ten appear. He
drew East's last trump and then led the four of
clubs. West won the jack and led a diamond, but
declarer ruffed with his last trump and tabled the
promoted nine of clubs - twelve tricks and game
made plus two.
Should declarer have regretted his decision to
settle for game? No - 4´ plus two will score a neartop.
August 2015 English Bridge