Bridge: Seemingly hopeless play
Thursday 23 December 1993
Game all; dealer South
A K 6 2
Q J 5
J 7 3
8 5 4
Q 5 4 3
10 9 8 7
8 5 2
J 9 7
4 3 2
9 6 4
Q J 10 6
A K 6
A K Q 10
A K 7 3
There then would have been a 12th trick if the missing clubs divided 3 - 3. There was also the chance that, in the event of a bad club break, the defender with club length would also hold five or more spades. Then, when the red suit winners were cashed, he would be squeezed. After winning the heart lead on the table, our hero made the apparently hopeless play of a low spade to the seven, eight and queen which established three spade tricks, finally cashing the six of spades to drop West's five.
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