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Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - WATCH ON PRESTO - with DOU­GLAS NEW­LANDS

It can of­ten be sur­pris­ing how dif­fer­ent the ac­tion can be be­tween the two rooms in a teams match. Here, in room 1, the client de­clined to open the West hand when many would and it was left to South to open a Pre­ci­sion 12-15 1NT. Now West showed hearts and a mi­nor and, over North’s com­pet­i­tive 2S, East raised the clubs as a pass or cor­rect ac­tion. West felt she had undis­closed val­ues and pushed on to 4C. I was lucky enough to find a lead to beat this but I will leave it for you to think about. In room 2, the auc­tion was quite dif­fer­ent. Our team mate, sit­ting West, opened 2H show­ing hearts and a mi­nor and might have played there but South de­cided to pro­tect with an off­shape dou­ble. North has a rea­son­able hand and jumped to 3S. For no ap­par­ent rea­son, South thought they had un­bid val­ues and pressed on to the spade game and our man de­cided to dou­ble this ter­ri­ble con­tract.

East now led the QH since it is part­ner’s known suit. North won this in hand and started trumps by lead­ing the jack, East cov­ered and Dummy’s ace won the trick. Had de­clarer con­tin­ued trumps, he would likely be two off but, if the de­fend­ers are too quick to take the ace-king of clubs, de­clarer might make. How­ever, he de­cided to start di­a­monds while in dummy. West ruffed the QD, cashed the KC and con­tin­ued hearts and so the de­fend­ers ended up with two trumps, two clubs and one in each red suit for a penalty of 800. That alone was go­ing to give us a good board but putting 4C off pro­vided the ic­ing on the cake. Have you spot­ted what hap­pened? It looked as though de­clarer might be ruff­ing in both hands so I led the QC and, when next in, I played an­other trump. Who can blame East for fi­ness­ing and los­ing a trump trick in ad­di­tion to three ma­jor suit tricks!

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