Monday 26 January 1998
!10 8 6
#10 8 7 4 3
2J 8 6 3 2
49 7 2 4J 10 8 5 3
!5 3 !9 7 4 2
#J 9 6 5 2 #A
29 7 4 2K 10 5
4A K Q 6 4
!A K Q J
Extremely powerful hands, such as South's on this deal from a pairs event, are traditionally difficult to develop - probably because players rarely get any practice in handling them.
Some pairs stopped in Three No-trumps, which was comfortable enough; some played in Four No-trumps (when it was not clear whether the bid was natural or conventional) and found that they could scrape home by extracting all of East's red cards and putting him in with the fourth round of spades, enabling them to finesse in clubs when East eventually led one.
Three pairs reached the only slam that offered any play - Six Hearts - against which West led a diamond to his partner's ace. Twice a trump was returned and now it was plain sailing: win, ruff spade, finesse 2Q, ruff spade, 2A, draw trumps, and claim.
The remaining East, however, introduced a bizarre diversion which proved effective. After winning with #A he returned 2K. Goodness knows what he had in mind, but can you blame South for thinking that this was the singleton rather than #A?
So South won, ruffed a spade, came back with a trump, and ruffed another spade. Now he needed to come back to hand to draw the last trumps and, not unnaturally, attempted to do so with #K - which was ruffed by East!
Life & Style blogs
Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Vladimir Putin is given 'one last chance' to end hostilities in Ukraine
The 'scroungers’ fight back: The welfare claimants battling to alter stereotypes
The truth about conspiracy theories is that some require considering
Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Ukrainian military jet was flying close to passenger plane before it was shot down, says Russian officer
Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Massive rise in sale of British arms to Russia
Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: victims’ bodies bundled in black bags and loaded onto trains
- 1 Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Pro-Russian rebel 'admits to shooting down plane'
- 3 Israel-Gaza conflict: The myth of Hamas’s human shields
- 5 Dutch paedophile club to fight their ban at the European Court of Human Rights
£49000 - £55000 per annum + competitive: Progressive Recruitment: My client is...
£48000 - £54000 per annum + Benefits package: Progressive Recruitment: My clie...
£35000 - £45000 per annum + competitive: Progressive Recruitment: If you're pa...
£45000 - £55000 per annum + competitive: Progressive Recruitment: SAP Business...