Bridge An­drew Rob­son

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The trick tally for de­clarer gen­er­ally dis­ap­points on mis­fit­ting deals, and also on deals where trumps split poorly. Would you be­lieve, there­fore, that South man­aged to make 6 ♦ on this month’s deal?

(1) Fourth Suit Forc­ing – ask­ing for more in­for­ma­tion. South hold­ing di­a­monds is a co­in­ci­dence. (2) Might pass, but South is hop­ing part­ner is 5 ♠ 1 ♥ 3 ♦ 4 ♣ or the like. His 4 ♦ is a nat­u­ral slam try.

West led ♥ Q and de­clarer won ♥ K. He was a tad dis­ap­pointed with his dummy. A 3 ♣ ‘re­verse’ nor­mally in­di­cates more than 12 points and he was also hop­ing for a third di­a­mond. Nil des­peran­dum.

At trick two, de­clarer led ♣ 3 to ♣ A and ruffed ♣ 5 with ♦ 2. He cashed ♥ A and ruffed ♥ 3 with ♦ 4. He fol­lowed by ruff­ing ♣ 7 with ♦ 3, cash­ing ♠ A, cross­ing to ♠ K and ruff­ing ♠ 3 with ♦ 6. He ruffed ♥ 6 with ♦ A (over­ruff­ing West’s ♦ 7) then led ♣ 10. East fol­lowed with ♣ K and he dis­carded ♥ 7. West’s last three cards were ♦ Q 10 9; he was forced to trump his part­ner’s win­ning ♣ K and lead from ♦ Q 10 into de­clarer’s ♦ K J. De­clarer had ac­tu­ally made his slam – on a trump end­play – a seem­ingly im­pos­si­ble task look­ing at all four hands.

This spec­tac­u­lar re­sult was made to look even bet­ter as os­ten­si­bly the more sen­si­ble con­tract of 3NT failed in the other room. AN­DREW ROB­SON

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