BRIDGE with Bob Jones

The Province - - COFFEEBREAK -

North’s leap to slam was a lit­tle bold. South wasn’t think­ing about slam, he just didn’t want to play in no-trump with his freak­ish hand. All would be well if South could find a road to 12 tricks. Sadly for him, East was the great Bri­tish player, Tony Forrester.

South ruffed the open­ing spade lead and cashed the ace and king of clubs. His plan was to ruff a third club with dummy’s queen of di­a­monds, then cash the ace of di­a­monds. He would ruff his way back to his hand and lead the jack of di­a­monds. This plan would suc­ceed on any 3-2 split in the di­a­mond suit, as well as some 4-1 splits.

De­clarer’s line of play was des­tined to suc­ceed on this lie of the cards, but some­thing mag­i­cal hap­pened for the de­fense. Forrester smoothly dropped the queen of clubs un­der the king! This changed ev­ery­thing. All the clubs were high, so South only needed to hold his trump losers to one. All would have been well if de­clarer had played the ace and queen of trumps, but that would have lost if West held the dou­ble­ton king. West could then give East a club ruff, or so de­clarer thought.

South elected to lead a trump to dummy’s queen. Dis­as­ter! East won and led an­other spade. South ruffed and led a trump to dummy’s ace. When he ruffed his way back to his hand, he lost all trump con­trol and ended up down four. Lovely play!

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