Friday 23 August 1996
South opened a conventional 22 and rebid 2NT over his partner's negative reply of 2#. North raised confidently to game and all passed.
With the feeling that his partner held very little and that it would not matter very much if he was deceived, West deliberately led his fifth highest diamond against 3NT. It worked out in a way that he could not have foreseen.
South held off the first diamond and won the second. Rather than risk any finesses, he thought that he could see a fool-proof way of end-playing West. He cashed four rounds of clubs, throwing a diamond from hand, and West, thinking quickly, parted with 42.
Now declarer got off lead with #9 from the table. He planned to throw a spade and a heart on the last two diamonds and, with West on lead, a ninth trick would come from the forced spade or heart return. West, however, was able to cash three diamonds, not just two, and the third left South in difficulties for a discard. He guessed wrongly when he parted with 4Q. West exited with 4K and later came to a heart trick.
Did you spot declarer's real mistake? It lay in cashing the thirteenth club. If he instead exits with a diamond at trick six, he has one fewer discard to find and the end-play works whether West has started with four diamonds or five.
Life & Style blogs
The mother who never gave up on her child abused by the Oxford child sex ring
Britain scrapes into top 25 countries in the world to be a mother in Save the Children report
What do the emoji on Snapchat mean?
The 12 most sexually satisfied countries in the world revealed
Uploading pictures to find out how old you are gives Microsoft the right to post them wherever they want
In defence of liberal democracy
Over 50,000 families shipped out of London boroughs in the past three years due to welfare cuts and soaring rents
EU asylum policy is 'a direct threat to our civilisation', says Nigel Farage
The Rothschild Libel: Why has it taken 200 years for an anti-Semitic slur that emerged from the Battle of Waterloo to be dismissed?
General Election 2015: UK will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power, Labour warns
Schools forced to act as 'miniature welfare states' with teachers buying underwear and even haircuts for poor pupils
- 1 How the language you speak changes your view of the world
- 3 Italian police 'reveal' what Jesus looked like as a young boy
- 5 YouTube social experiment shows just how easy it is to kidnap a child
Competitive (DOE): Guru Careers: We are looking for an ambitious and adaptable...
£30 - 40k (DOE) + Benefits: Guru Careers: We are seeking a Solutions Consultan...
£30 - 35k + Benefits: Guru Careers: We are seeking a Software Developer (JavaS...
£40-50K: Guru Careers: We are seeking an experienced Software Engineer / Softw...