3NT Bid and Made
Playing in a cut-around IMP game, there are no established
partnerships in play. With no one vulnerable, my opponents
swiftly bid to 3NT. Cleverly, they have put me on lead.
I hold 654 AQ1054 32 J103. It looks like
spades are breaking, so if we cannot make something
of the hearts, I doubt we'll beat this. Despite
expecting declarer to have five hearts, I'm going
to lead one. Anything else is a shot in the dark.
Normally, I'd lead lowest into a known long suit,
but with these spots, I see no reason not to lead
a normal fourth-best.
Dummy hits with
The 9 holds in dummy. Oops. It would
have been nice for partner to contribute the
J, but at least he knows that I have nothing
Surprisingly, declarer leads a club off dummy and
floats it. Again, I see no reason to false card,
so I win the 10. If declarer can attack
dummy's entries, I can attack the long suit.
Since I clearly led the wrong major at Trick 1,
I shift to a spade. Declarer ducks and partner
inserts the ten. Declarer pitches a diamond,
and partner shifts to the J. Declarer
thinks about this for a little while and rises
with the ace. He crosses to dummy with the
A and plays two rounds of spades. He
suddenly realizes that he has a discarding
problem. After a little while, he decides
that if my partner has another heart, he's
going down a lot, so he pitches two hearts.
Partner produces a heart for me (yay!) and
since declarer's KJ are now bare,
I run the suit. Declarer squirms some more.
We reach a 2-card endposition thus, with
declarer yet to play.
Declarer is simple squeezed in the minors!
He eventually pitches a diamond, and partner's
diamonds take the last two tricks. Declarer has
held himself to his three aces and the 9
from Trick 1. Down five means we have taken
nine tricks. 3NT bid and made!
We needed every one of these tricks. We won the
match by 1 IMP.
Copyright © 2010 Jeff Goldsmith