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THE Swan River Pairs, the premier event on the West Aus­tralian bridge cal­en­dar, was held on Au­gust 22-23; 114 pairs took part. The top three pairs were 1. Nigel Rosendorff — Henry Christie 2. An­ton Pol — An­drew Swider 3. Pim Birss — Dave Munro. Rosendorff was re­turn­ing to his old stamp­ing ground. He has lived in Syd­ney since the beginning of this year but pre­vi­ously was based in Perth where he carved out a rep­u­ta­tion as a great teacher and player.

In both of to­day’s deals, the win­ners chalked up slam without any ef­fort, thanks to poor dis­card­ing by their op­po­nents. If the de­fend­ers had fol­lowed the ba­sic de­fen­sive prin­ci­ple of keep­ing length with dummy’s long suit, they would have beaten one of the slams, for sure, and pos­si­bly the other.

On deal one, two di­a­monds showed ei­ther a weak two in a ma­jor or 20-22 bal­anced. Two hearts said pass with hearts and two notrumps showed 20-22 high card points. Three clubs was Pup­pet Stay­man and four clubs showed both ma­jors. Four hearts was to play and four spades was a con­trol bid.

West led the six of spades to the bare king in dummy.

There are many ways you might play the hand. Rosendorff de­cided to cash the two top trumps. He was spared any fur­ther prob­lems when West dis­carded a di­a­mond, hand­ing Rosendorff the whole di­a­mond suit.

That was a poor dis­card from West, who was looking at North’s fine di­a­monds. West — pass pass pass pass pass North — 2 2NT 3 4 6 East pass pass pass pass pass all pass South pass 2 3 4 4

Without a di­a­mond dis­card, Rosendorff might well have gone down.

On deal two, two clubs was strong and three di­a­monds showed 5-7 HCP with long di­a­monds. West led the 10 of clubs. Rosendorff was wor­ried that the lead was a sin­gle­ton so he rose with the ace. But as the cards lie, he can now be de­feated.

How­ever, he ran five rounds of di­a­monds, pitch­ing clubs from dummy, and East made the fa­tal mis­take of not keep­ing length with dummy’s long suit. He dis­carded one of his hearts, al­low­ing Rosendorff to ruff out the queen of hearts and es­tab­lish the nine for the vi­tal 12th trick.

Rosendorff could have made his slam for sure by cov­er­ing the ten of clubs with the jack at trick one. East can win and exit with the queen of spades but he can now be brought to heel by way of a trump squeeze.

He can­not stop Rosendorff mak­ing an ex­tra trick out of hearts or clubs. Paul Marston

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