Goren on Bridge

Both vul­ner­a­ble, South deals

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Nor­way’s Espen Lindqvist has built a rep­u­ta­tion as one of the world’s best de­clar­ers. He was South, in to­day’s deal.

Lindqvist won the di­a­mond open­ing lead with dummy’s ace and led a heart to his queen. Good start! He cashed the ace of spades and led the 10. West hopped up with his king to lead an­other di­a­mond, ruffed by East with the queen of spades.

That ruff was with a nat­u­ral trump trick, but it cut de­clarer off from the dummy. East shifted to the king of clubs. Lindqvist won with his ace and be­gan to cash his trumps. This was the po­si­tion with one trump yet to play:

With seven tricks in the bag, Lindqvist led his last spade. West dis­carded a heart and dummy a di­a­mond. Should East part with the 10 of clubs, he would be thrown in with the queen to lead a heart from his king. A heart dis­card would make de­clarer’s hearts both good. Dis­card­ing the queen of clubs would al­low West to win the next club, but he would also be end­played, forced to give dummy the last two tricks with the queen of diamonds and the high club. A beauty!

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