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- By Paul Thurston Feed­back al­ways wel­come at Sports · Elizabeth II

Some­times be­ing clever isn’t all its cracked up to be!

In a match, the North­South pairs reached three notrump in jig time and the West play­ers set­tled on a fourth-best club lead after fail­ing to lo­cate a spade to lead.

At one ta­ble, East won the King, cashed the ace and con­tin­ued with the eight to South’s Queen.

De­clarer went after hearts: low to the King and back to­wards the closed hand with bad news ar­riv­ing in the form of East’s spade dis­card so South won the ace.

Next came the spade king while hop­ing the spade ace wouldn’t be fol­lowed by another club but, alas, it was: a fast down two.

At the other ta­ble, East de­cided de­cep­tion was in order so he re­versed the nor­mal order by win­ning the club ace at trick one to con­tinue with the eight.

As might we all, South went for it by play­ing the ten only to see West pro­duce the Jack and fire back yet another club to his part­ner’s King. One more club and the spade ace for a fast down one?

Not ex­actly as East was per­haps so over-awed by his own chi­canery in the club suit that he for­got one of the most ba­sic tenets of win­ning defense: take the set­ting trick(s) when­ever you can!

In­stead, East played ace and a se­cond round of spades.

Also gulled by the early club plays, West de­cided his part­ner couldn’t have the nine of clubs and that his red suit hold­ings were squeezed when the two top spades in South’s hand were cashed! Nine tricks after West un­guarded his heart Queen.

Seems South was’t the only vic­tim of de­cep­tion!

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