Independent Pursuits: Bridge
Saturday 13 March 1999
After three passes South opened Two no-trumps and, hoping to clinch the rubber, North raised to game. West led the ten of spades against Three no-trumps and, after winning, declarer started on the diamonds. East won and returned a spade, and did so again when he won the next diamond.
Next came the two diamond winners on which East discarded a heart and West a heart and a club. It was not clear to South who held the 13 spade and it seemed an even money chance as to who held the queen of hearts - both defenders had let one heart go. In practice declarer, who had won the last diamond on the table, led a low heart and finessed the jack. West won and cashed the long spade and the defenders still had the ace of clubs to come to defeat the contract.
Even without a sight of the full deal, would you have done better than South? The critical point that he had overlooked was that, to make his contract, he had to find East with the ace of clubs.
Now, if East held this card, together with the two top diamonds that he had already been proved to hold, he could hardly have the queen of hearts as well or he would surely have opened the bidding. Hence, to have any chance at all, declarer must place the ace of clubs with East and the queen of hearts with West.
Life & Style blogs
NHS struggling to monitor the safety and efficacy of its services outsourced to private providers
Airline food across the classes: Ever wondered what the other half are eating?
Coachella Festival 2015: from Kendall Jenner to Alexa Chung, stars and festival-goers parade their boho best
What do the emoji on Snapchat mean?
Huawei P8 review: best phones nobody's seen from the biggest company nobody's heard
If I’m being racially abused I don’t need a stranger with a saviour complex to rescue me
The only black face in the Ukip manifesto is on the page about overseas aid
Ukip is the only main political party to not address LGBT rights in its manifesto
Food banks: One million Britons will soon be using them, according to Trussell Trust
Religion isn't growing, it is becoming vigorous in its demise, says philosopher AC Grayling
BBC election debate: The one photo that summed up the whole 90-minute leaders debate
- 1 Alan Rickman admits editing 'terrible' script with friends in Pizza Hut behind backs of writers on Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves
- 2 Rarest Beanie Baby of them all could be sold for £62,500 on eBay
- 3 Professional big game hunter Ian Gibson crushed to death by elephant during hunt
- 4 Farmer told to tear down mock-Tudor castle after hiding construction behind hay bales
- 5 Rebecca Francis accuses Ricky Gervais of using 'influence' to target female hunters after receiving barrage of death threats
£18000 - £23000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: They work with major vehicle ma...
£16500 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A Chiropractic Assistant is needed in a ...
£18000 - £26000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: They work with major vehicle ma...
£28000 - £30000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This company provides coaching ...