From the hands of a young player
It is always encouraging to hear about a promising young player. This deal features 12-year-old Ediz Akay, whose father Sadik is a well-known expert in Turkey.
You can work out where Akay was sitting because the young know no fear. Not only did he bid his five-card suit twice, but he doubled four spades with no guarantee it could be defeated.
As soon as the bidding ended, Akay said, “So far, nobody has ever managed to make a contract that I doubled.”
“How long have you been playing bridge?” asked an opponent. “Two months.” Ozlem Senturk, a university student, understandably led her singleton diamond. South won in the dummy and led a low heart, but East accurately took the trick with the ace and shifted to his singleton club. Declarer won with his ace, cashed the heart king, ruffed a heart with the spade queen and tried to cash the club king. But East ruffed, gave his partner a diamond ruff, trumped another club with the spade ace and led a card. West had to take two more trump tricks for down three. North paid a heavy price for his unjustified raise to game. “I told you so,” mumbled East. The original reporter claimed that South could have escaped for down one by leading the spade queen from the board at trick two.
That would not have been right if Akay had taken the trick and shifted to any heart but the ace! If he had found that play for down two, he would have won the defense of the year award.