Playing in a regional Swiss Teams against questionable
opponents, I pick up
J843 3 KQ107 QJ84
Dealer, on my left, opens 1NT (15-17), and partner butts in
with 2. We play that 2 shows the majors,
so I duly alert and explain. RHO passes, and I bid 2.
I know that game might be cold, but our style over strong
notrumps is to bid often to fight for the part score and not
worry too much about game. Even 2 could be too high.
Everyone yawns and I get to play it.
As partner puts down the dummy, he says, ``I thought 2
shows four spades, five hearts, and 11-15 points.
Aren't we playing Flannery?'' I can tell that he's just being
silly, but he does put down a fine dummy, perhaps too much.
The defense starts with the K, shifts to the K,
and continues with a low diamond. Given that we have 23 points,
it is possible that East has either the J, Q, or
both, but could have none of them. I have four diamond tricks,
one club trick (the finesse must be working) and six trump tricks
if I can cash everything. They, however, have the two Kings and
a possible trump trick. Since nothing rates to break horribly,
I start by winning the diamond in hand, perforce with the Ten
since East plays the Eight. I take the club finesse, covered,
and ruffed. If trumps are 3-2, I can claim ten tricks, so I
cash the top spades. West drops the Queen on the second one.
Do I have play for 11 tricks, now? I need to ruff another club
in dummy and draw trumps. That takes two entries to hand. I
have them, but it will block diamonds. That's of no matter if
they break 3-3, and I do not see any other way to eleven tricks,
so I shall proceed. Heart ruff, club ruff, diamond (all follow,
phew) to the King, trump Jack, lefty pitching the J. Hmmm.
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It looks like the 1NTer had two spades, four hearts, and either
four clubs and three diamonds or three clubs and four diamonds.
I have her either way! When I cash the J, she nonchalantly
pitches a diamond and gets ready to claim the last trick with the
A. Surprise! I jettison the A from the table and
claim myself with two good diamonds. Very pretty---even partner was
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Copyright © 1992 Jeff Goldsmith