Goren on Bridge
Both vulnerable, South deals
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!