Goren on Bridge

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Freak deals are of­ten fun to watch, although they may not be much fun to play. This freak is from a Euro­pean Team Cham­pi­onship last year that at­tracted many of the top play­ers from Europe. East-West were able to buy the con­tract at a high num­ber of hearts at a few ta­bles.

De­clarer could hold his losses to three tricks pro­vided he didn’t lose a trick to the 10 of clubs. You may think that North-South might ar­range a club ruff for a fourth de­fen­sive trick but note the ap­palling lack of trumps for North-South against a heart con­tract.

More of­ten, North-South ended up in ei­ther seven di­a­monds or six spades. The play in seven di­a­monds needed de­clarer to bring home the spades for no losers. This would be im­pos­si­ble on this lay­out with­out a lit­tle help. That help was forth­com­ing when West led the ace of hearts, giv­ing a ruff-sluff at trick one.

South was able to ruff in dummy and dis­card a spade from his hand. There was a club ruff avail­able to North-South in a di­a­mond con­tract and the grand slam sailed home. Some play­ers did find the win­ning queen of spades lead to de­feat the con­tract.

The real cu­rios­ity was in the de­fense to six spades. The only way for the de­fense to suc­ceed was for East to lead his sin­gle­ton queen of di­a­monds to give West a ruff with his sin­gle­ton queen of spades! Not one you see ev­ery day.

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