Expert   Table


OKB.    MPís.     Board 287.     Week 50


Quincy, playing under the name cariad, relates the story where he found himself at at Expert table and has to partner moshel. There are a few spectators and Quincy finds himself in 4 Spades after a transfer sequence:

Dlr: South
Vul: N-S



Bid
J 10 2
J 10 5
7 4 3
A Q 8 3
moshel
K 9 8 7 4
A 9 6
2
K 6 5 2



Cariad
A Q 5
K 8 3 2
A K 10
J 10 9





mik
6 3
Q 7 4
Q J 9 8 6 5
7 4
WEST

Pass
Pass
Pass


Lead :
NORTH

2 *
3 NT
Pass


10
EAST

Pass
Pass
Pass
SOUTH
1 NT
2
4


cariad won the ace in hand, and played off the queen too. Both followed. He next advanced the club jack. West pounced on this with the ace.

It was apparent to everyone that cariad was going to finesse. cariad followed his instincts, he said, and played West for the queen too.

West, having won the club ace, now plays back his third spade, the jack. cariad wins this with the king, and gets to hand with a diamond to the ace, having noticed that East splits his honours by playing the jack. "So East has to guard my diamond 10," cariad mused.

The club ten was run, successfully, and West covers the club nine next with his queen. cariad wins with the queen and East shows out. With West guarding dummy's club, and East guarding declarer's diamond ten, the position was :






WEST
- - -
J 10 5
7 4
8
NORTH
9 8
A 9 6
- - -
6



SOUTH
- - -
K 8 3 2
K 10
- - -





EAST
- - -
Q 7 4
Q 9 8
- - -
"dble-squ" types cariad in at this stage.

Have a go at it.

"Spades are trumps, the lead is in dummy, and declarer has to make all tricks."


Yes, cariad played off the two trumps pitching two hearts from his hand. East is already squeezed, and is forced to relinquish a heart. cariad now gets to his hand via the heart king, and the diamond ace finishes off West.

Making 6 gave cariad 90.00%.





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