| K4 |
| Q63 |
|1NT = 15+-19|
|2 = transfer to|
It seems as if the
first problem must be to take care of trumps. I lead a small
trump to the Ace and a small one back, East showing up with KJ
alone. I may need a fast entry to dummy, so I unblock the
I need two discards for the diamonds in dummy, or the Queen coming
down doubleton. Is there a way to get two discards? The club
King will supply one and if East takes his spade Ace on the first
round, spades will provide another. I see the way now. I cross to
dummy with a trump to the Eight and lead a small spade from dummy.
East is pickled on the horns of a dilemma, to mix metaphors. If he
rises with the Ace, I have two diamond discards, but if he ducks his
Ace, I can pitch the
This dilemma is commonly known as a ``Morton's Fork Coup,'' after the famous tax collector who said, ``if you live well, you must have money to spend, so you can pay your taxes; if you live cheaply, you must be saving your money, so you can pay your taxes.'' Here East was caught between losing the spade Ace or the diamond Queen.
I noted that it ``seemed'' as if the first problem were trumps, but that was short-sighted. If East had continued clubs after winning the first trump, he could have put me on the dilemma first. I would have to discard on the club before leading the small spade from dummy. Better would have been to cross to the heart Ace immediately and then play the small spade, ensuring the contract when it could be made. Fortunately, East did not see the Coup coming and I got my story.