More Ether Ore
Another hand from the Soloway/Seligman/Juniors internet bridge
match had points for both declarer play and defense. After a
slight slip at trick two, declarer recovered nicely to overcome
spectacular defense by Soloway.
| J53 |
| Q1076 |
| K42 |
| A98 |
Dinkin and Fout were playing a 15-17 1NT, so Sam's hand was
just a tiny bit too strong to open 1NT. Even though they
were playing Walsh style, Fout decided to respond 1
on his rubbish in order to try to keep the bidding low. He
did not want to have to contend with partner's reversing.
Dinkin showed his 18 points and played in 2NT.
Soloway, West, led his fourth-best heart. Ducking from dummy
is normal; it wins if the lead is from K10 or Q10. This time,
as it always seems to for me, the Ten forced the A.
With only six tricks, Dinkin should attack diamonds immediately,
hoping for a seventh there and an endplay to supply the eighth.
Declarer slipped and tried to set up hearts instead. Since the
defender winning this trick was Paul Soloway, the defense found
the counter to this play that illustrates why diamonds needed to
be attacked at trick two. He shifted to his singleton club,
destroying the entry to dummy. The good news is that the singleton
was the Ten, which informed declarer that his 9 was his
seventh trick. Seligman won the A and continued the suit,
leaving the lead on the table.
With seven tricks in the bag, declarer had to pave the way for an
endplay for his eighth trick. Since either spades or diamonds
could supply an extra trick if the defenders led them, he exited
with another heart, East pitching a club. (He'd pitched one on
the second heart, too.) Since a heart lead would be fatal, Soloway
had to exit in one of the pointed suits. If his partner had held
either the 9 or 8, leading the 10 would be
safe---a surrounding play of declarer's hypothetical other high
spot. But he didn't know which King declarer had; if the K
were the K, a spade shift would be fatal. So, he exited with
the 9. Everyone covered that and declarer had another problem.
Before deciding upon his endposition, however, he had to cash the last
two clubs in order to remove exit cards from the East hand. On these
two tricks, West discarded his last two hearts, and dummy threw a
diamond and the good heart, leaving this position:
Judging well the location of the diamond cards, perhaps from the
lead of the Nine, Declarer played two rounds of diamonds. East
won and, perforce, played a spade. This ran to West's Queen, but
he had to continue spades. Since West had not overcalled, declarer
chose to play him for the 10, rather than the KQ and won
the last two tricks to make his contract.
| J53 |
| Q107 |
| K42 |
| A98 |
Copyright © 1993 Jeff Goldsmith