THE THEME CAME BACK IN ITALY
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.