Wednesday 02 June 1999
North opened #2 (strong but not forcing to game) and South gave the negative reply of !2. With silent opponents, North rebid his diamonds. South now had a close decision: a pass would have escaped criticism, but he showed his values in hearts, hoping to encourage North to try No-trumps. Perhaps placing his partner with a longer heart suit, North raised to !4 and all passed. At least North-South had reached the only feasible game, for neither 3 No-trumps nor #5 would have offered any play.
West led 210 against !4 and, after winning on the table, declarer led a trump to his king which West allowed to hold. !Q also won. It would have been easy for declarer if West had taken either of these but now to play a third round of trumps would have left an opponent on lead with at least three spades.
With no chance against a 4-2 trump break, South realised that his only hope lay in finding East with !7 and West with the ace. Accordingly declarer started on diamonds. On the third round both East and South discarded - it would have done East no good to ruff.
Another diamond followed and both East and South threw clubs. West reluctantly ruffed with his !A, and the defenders now tried three rounds of spades, forcing dummy to trump with !J. But South had no more losers and East could do no damage with his remaining !7. It was an elegant exercise in trump control.
Review: Imaginative storytelling returns with vigourfilm
Bannatyne leaves Dragon's DenTV
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Howard Jacobson: Let's see the 'criticism' of Israel for what it really is
- 2 Instagram of US airport security chiefs: Lipstick knives and IED training kits among items seized
- 3 Brazil vs Germany World Cup 2014: In defence of Mesut Ozil - the Arsenal midfielder works magic in the shadows
- 4 PornHub begs users to stop uploading video clips of Brazil getting beaten 7-1
- 5 Tony Abbott embarrasses Australia by praising Japanese WWII military, ‘getting on the sake’ and posing for ‘crotch-shot’ photo opportunity
Sustained immigration has not harmed Britons' employment, say government advisers
Australia facing international condemnation after turning around Sri Lankans at sea
7/7 memorial defaced on anniversary of 2005 attacks with ‘Blair lied thousands died’ graffiti
Even when it brutalises one of its own teenage citizens, America is helpless against Israel
There’s a nasty smell in the political air – and it’s coming from the Tories
Vanessa Feltz criticises 'vile' reaction to Rolf Harris allegations