Dummy of My Dreams
Playing in a local regional pair game, I sit down against a
pair I don't recognize. Even though I don't usually play
pairs, that's still unusual.
In second chair, I pick up a pretty good hand, 87 KQJ1093 A63 A5.
RHO opens 1, and I overcall 1. LHO passes, and partner
bids 1. We play that forcing, though it does not promise a
great hand. RHO passes, and I can't do less than jump to 3.
All pass quickly, so I'm not expecting much in dummy.
The opening lead is the K, and this dummy appears.
The dummy of my dreams! It might have a cover card,
maybe even two if I can get to dummy to take a club
finesse. The K holds while RHO encourages.
He continues with the 3. What? Did LHO really
lead a doubleton king? Really? Maybe he is underleading
AKJx thinking his partner has a singleton in order to
get a ruff without setting up dummy's suit. That'd be
nice, so I try the Q. Pipe dream. RHO wins the
A and plays a trump. No attempted trump promotion?
Maybe she figures I'd just pitch a loser. Did he lead
from KJxx? This is weird. I hop trump king, which
holds. I might as well continue trumps, so I do, and LHO
wins the second round, then shifts to the 9. That's
nice. Now I have a dummy entry! I put up dummy's Q,
RHO covers, and I win. Cool. Things are looking way up.
I'm up to eight tricks with lots of promise for a ninth.
Let's take stock. LHO showed up with the K and A.
That leaves 12 HCP for RHO's opening bid. She doesn't
have a singleton, so she probably has all 12 of the HCP. I
ought to be able to endplay her in diamonds, but I need to know
her shape first. So I draw another round of trumps. I have
already pitched one spade from dummy, and I pitch another on
the third round of trumps. RHO shows out, pitching a spade.
I draw the last trump, discarding a club from dummy. RHO also
pitches a club. The hand is down to
RHO is known to be 4-2 in the majors, so she's either 2-5
or 3-4 in the minors. If she's 2-5, I can duck a diamond
and drop the K for my ninth trick. If she's 3-4,
I can cash another trump, pitching a club from dummy,
and she's squeezed. She can't pitch a diamond or a spade
or I have a trick by force, so she has to pitch a club.
Then I'll cross to the J, ruff the spade, and play
a diamond to the 10, endplaying her.
So I play another trump. LHO pitches a club. Excellent!
Now, I have an even cooler plan, one
which caters to RHO's being 4234 or 4225.
I pitch the spade from dummy, and RHO squirms. She's
squeezed in three suits, and one of the menaces is opposing
voids! If she pitches a diamond, I'll drop the king; if she
pitches a club, I have two club tricks. So she has to pitch
the 13th spade. Then I can cross to the J, ruff a
club, and play a diamond to the ten as before. Cool. After
a few squirms, she tosses a diamond. The A fetches
the jack, so I claim for +140. If RHO had pitched the J
on the penultimate trump, I'd cross to the J and
if LHO showed out, I'd drop the K. If not, I'd
ruff the club and endplay RHO in diamonds.
Various approaches work in the end game, but I like the
variation where RHO is squeezed out of her J, even
though I don't have any spades. It's just a winner she
needs to be able to cash when in with a diamond. Of course,
had she not covered the Q...
Copyright © 2012 Jeff Goldsmith