Monday 17 June 1996
As North I opened 1# and rebid my suit over a response of 22. Next came 2! and I raised to Three; partner cue-bid 34 and, happy to cooperate, I showed my second round control in spades. next, partner tried 5# - a more intelligent slam try than 52 - and now, taking into account my !J, #Q and second round control in clubs, I jumped to 6!.
West led 4J and this was clearly an excellent contract. After winning in hand, declarer ran !10 which was allowed to win. When the trump finesse was repeated, however, East took his king and led a third trump (anything else allows declarer to ruff two clubs in dummy).
Clearly a finesse in either minor suit would have yielded a 12th trick, but this would have been an unnecessary risk. Instead, declarer tested the diamonds, discovering the bad news and discarding one club while East parted with a spade and a club.
The ending is neat. 2A and a club ruff are followed by a diamond ruff and East has to release his spade guard in order to keep his clubs. Now CK finishes West who has to keep #J in front of dummy, and now 46 becomes the twelfth trick - a non-simultaneous double-squeeze.
Oh dear, oh dear. In practice, declarer cashed both top clubs before ruffing a club. Now dummy had to part with either a spade or a diamond and there was no longer any squeeze.
My only consolation was that the hand would make a good column.
Life & Style blogs
How Stephen Hawking is still alive, defying ALS and the worst expectations
The black and blue dress: Makers considering a white and gold version
The remarkable archaeological underwater discovery that could open up a new chapter in the study of European and British prehistory
Mother's Day 2015: When is it – and how did it first come about?
Children warned to not listen to music for more than one hour a day
New theory could prove how life began and disprove God
Half of Ukip voters say they are prejudiced against people of other races
This is what it's like to be dead, according to a guy who died for a bit
'Cash for access' scandal: Sir Malcolm Rifkind says 'unrealistic' for MPs to live on £67,000 salary
'Jihadi John': CAGE representative storms off Sky News accusing Kay Burley of Islamophobia
Ukip would cut billions from Scottish budget to fund English tax cuts
- 1 Forget 'The Dress': Here are five of the biggest news stories you might have missed
- 2 The black and blue dress: Makers considering a white and gold version
- 3 PornHub turns masturbation into energy in bid to save the planet
- 4 The remarkable archaeological underwater discovery that could open up a new chapter in the study of European and British prehistory
- 5 Saudi Muslim cleric claims the Earth is 'stationary' and the sun rotates around it
£9 per hour: Recruitment Genius: This role is based within a small family run ...
£28000 - £32000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This Design and marketing agenc...
£46000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This property investment firm are lookin...
£18000 - £35000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This company specialises provid...