Michael Rosenberg


So much has been written about Zia Mahmood, that I think I better tell you that Zia does not play by himself!! He has forged a succesful partnership with Michael Rosenberg. I was going through the hand records of the Cavendish Pairs, the richest tournament on the bridge calendar (played in Las Vegas earlier this year, a change from the traditional New York) when the following hand demanded closer study.

Looking at the hands, I found that Hamman was in a good spot in 3 Hearts, and this seemed cold. Yet he went 2 down. Cannot be, I pondered, must be a mistake. No mistake!!! Can   you   see how he went 2 down?   Yes, you may look at all 4 hands!

Dlr: West
Vul: ALL



Rosenberg
10 7 3
10 9 8 3
10 6 5
A Q 2
    Goren
Q J 6 4 2
- - -
K 8 7 2
K 8 5 4

 

    Hamman
8 5
A K Q J 7 2
Q J 3
9 7





      Zia
A K 9
6 5 4
A 9 4
J 10 6 3
WEST
Pass
Pass
All Pass

NORTH
Pass
2



How do you think Hamman went 2 down??

EAST
1
Pass

SOUTH
2
3




Rosenberg led the Q !!!

Hamman ducked (can you blame him?), and Rosenberg continued with with a low club!!! Zia won with his 10, cashed his two top spades, and returned a low club. Hamman, thinking that Rosenberg led from Qx in clubs, ruffed high.

The opps collected the diamond ace, and a trump now to make it -2 !!!

Imaginative, huh ?

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