THE THEME CAME BACK IN ITALY

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - YOUR DAILY BREAK - by Phillip Alder

Last Satur­day, I gave a deal in which third hand had to play de­cep­tively to mis­lead de­clarer about honor-card lo­ca­tions. Here is the theme again, from the World Youth Teams Cham­pi­onships in Italy last month. South’s three­spade cue-bid asked part­ner to bid three no-trump with a spade stop­per. North’s dou­ble was card-show­ing.

At ev­ery other ta­ble where di­a­monds were trumps, East ei­ther played the spade ace and king at the first two tricks, or won with the spade king and shifted to a club.

Each de­clarer re­al­ized that if East had the spade ace and king, he or she could not also have the di­a­mond king. So they all cashed the di­a­mond ace and dropped West’s king.

Only Kirstyn Fuller from Aus­tralia an­tic­i­pated this fu­ture. To change it, she won trick one with the spade ace and im­me­di­ately switched to the club nine. Now the de­clarer thought that Jes­sica Brake (West) had the spade king. This made it likely that East had the di­a­mond king, and as long as West was not void in trumps, the di­a­mond seven would be a sec­ond dummy en­try.

South won with her club ace, cashed the heart ace, played a heart to dummy’s king, and re­turned a low di­a­mond to her queen.

If that had held the trick and both op­po­nents had fol­lowed suit, de­clarer would have cashed the di­a­mond ace, led a di­a­mond to dummy’s seven, and hoped to dis­card her re­main­ing clubs on the hearts. How­ever, the fi­nesse lost. West then cashed her club king and gave her part­ner a club ruff for down three. That was timely an­tic­i­pa­tion by Fuller.

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