Saturday 25 May 1996
4A J 10
!J 9 8 6 3
#K J 4
49 7 5 2 4Q 8
!4 !A 2
#9 6 5 #A Q 10 8 3
2Q J 10 9 6 28 4 3 2
4K 6 4 3
!K Q 10 7 5
The adverse cards were not well placed for declarer (and East defended well!), but he judged matters neatly to land a vulnerable game on a deal where it would have been easy to go down.
South opened 1!, North raised directly to game to end the auction, and West made his natural lead of the 2Q against the contract of 4!.
Declarer made an intelligent start by winning in hand and crossing to the 2K before starting trumps with the lead of the jack. The club suit had been eliminated and, if East had started with the singleton !A, he would have been end-played and forced to lead either a spade or a diamond to South's advantage.
Furthermore, East might play low with the ace and another trump, after which a second round of trumps catches him as before.
East passed the test when he went in with the ace of trumps and made the safe trump exit. This left South still needing a winning guess in either spades or diamonds. It looked tempting to try the diamonds first, but a wrong view (and there was no right one) would still leave him with the spade problem.
Instead, declarer played off the 4K, and followed by finessing the jack. If this lost, he could still try the diamonds and - here was his extra edge - although East won with the 4Q, he had no spades left and had either to lead a diamond or to concede a ruff and discard.
Life & Style blogs
What marriage would look like if we actually followed the Bible
Overly-controlling parents cause their children lifelong psychological damage, says study
What do the emojis on Snapchat mean?
Star Wars BB-8 droid toy is real, should be impossible
Orthorexia nervosa: How becoming obsessed with healthy eating can lead to malnutrition
Britain to take more refugees as Cameron bows to pressure after more than 250,000 back our campaign
Senior British politicians tell David Cameron: When dead children are being washed up on beaches – it's time to act
Jeremy Corbyn calls Osama bin Laden's killing a 'tragedy' - but was it taken out of context?
If these extraordinarily powerful images of a dead Syrian child washed up on a beach don't change Europe's attitude to refugees, what will?
If you're not already angry about the refugee crisis, here's a history lesson to remind you why you really should be
Make your voice heard: Sign The Independent's petition to welcome refugees
- 1 What marriage would look like if we actually followed the Bible
- 2 President Obama leaves touching comment on Humans of New York photo from Iran
- 3 If these extraordinarily powerful images of a dead Syrian child washed up on a beach don't change Europe's attitude to refugees, what will?
- 4 The Chinese city where men have 'three girlfriends because there are so many women'
- 5 'Heartbreaking' Syria orphan photo wasn't taken in Syria and not of orphan
£37040 - £43600 per annum: Recruitment Genius: The UK's export credit agency a...
£25000 - £27500 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This company provides a compreh...
£16800 - £19500 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Would you like to join an organ...
£25000 - £28000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: In the last five years this com...