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