Friday 07 May 1999
Afterwards one player remarked: "Four Hearts is a make but not Four Spades". Now, was this quite true? In spite of the bad trump break, there is nothing the defenders can do against Four Spades.
At the other table East-West were far more restrained - East contenting himself with a simple overcall in diamonds after his initial pass - and the final contract was Four Hearts by North. East led the king of diamonds (what else?) and Howard Cohen, as North, made no mistake in the play. He won with his ace, ruffed a diamond, and cashed the two top clubs to discard a spade - the key play. Now a club ruff and another diamond ruff left him with just his three top losers.
Was there a defence to Four Hearts? Yes, but it is not obvious. The only way East can get his spade ruff for the setting trick is by leading a trump!
It is odd, is it not, that the 4-0 break in the spade side suit made the heart game a practical certainty while a normally more amiable 3-1 division would likely have led to defeat.
North-South game; dealer East
410 9 3
!K 10 9 7 5 3
#A 9 3
4A K 8 5 4none
!A 6 !4 2
#10 4 2 #K Q J 8 7 6
2Q J 10 9 27 6 5 3 2
4Q J 7 6 4 2
!Q J 8
2A K 8
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