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ENG­LAND won the re­cent world cham­pi­onship for se­niors (60+), played in Sao Paulo, Brazil. One of its clos­est ri­vals for the ti­tle was In­done­sia. Deal one comes from the clash be­tween th­ese teams. It gives you an in­sight as to just how many mis­takes are some­times made, even at the high­est lev­els of the game.

The bid­ding was the same at both ta­bles and both Wests led a heart. De­clarer has seven cer­tain tricks and di­a­monds are the most ap­peal­ing can­di­date for ex­tras in view of the 10 and nine. Ac­cord­ingly, both de­clar­ers won the jack of hearts at trick one and ran the queen of di­a­monds to East. So far so good. From here one ta­ble played well while the other em­barked on a litany of er­rors.

The In­done­sian East won the king of di­a­monds and played a low spade. De­clarer can now make his con­tract for sure. All he has to do is win the ace of spades, take the hearts and set up the di­a­monds. But de­clarer made the mis­take of play­ing low and West won with the queen. West can beat the hand by shift­ing to a club, but he made the mis­take of lay­ing down the king of spades. This handed the con­tract back to de­clarer.

The play was much bet­ter at the other ta­ble. East for Eng­land, Gun­nar Hall­berg, al­lowed the queen of di­a­monds to win. This was enough to de­feat the con­tract.

At trick three, de­clarer played a low spade but West won with the queen and con­tin­ued the good work by ex­it­ing with a club.

De­clarer fi­nessed dummy’s queen; Hall- West — pass pass North — 2 3NT East pass pass all pass South 1 2NT berg won the king and con­tin­ued clubs to the bare ace in dummy, with West un­block­ing the jack.

De­clarer ran the 10 of spades but West won the king and the de­fence had five tricks for one down.

Deal two is an amus­ing hand that was spot­ted by Ken­net Chris­tiansen. You are play­ing six spades and for once the op­po­nent’s wild shape works against them; you have two losers, but look what hap­pens. West leads a club. You take the ace, cash the two top trumps and pro­ceed to cross-ruff in the red suits. Play­ing this way you take the first 12 tricks as West lamely fol­lows suit.

Then at trick 13, much to their an­noy­ance, the de­fend­ers play their two win­ners. West plays the winning club while East plays the best trump. Paul Marston

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