Goren Bridge

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It was early in the club's Sat­ur­day night du­pli­cate when Hard Luck Louie found him­self de­clarer on to­day's deal. Louie had only nine tricks in his hand, but it was rea­son­able to bid game and hope that part­ner could pro­vide one more. The queen of di­a­monds was pos­si­ble, for ex­am­ple.

West cashed two high hearts and con­tin­ued with a third round of the suit when East high-lowed. Louie ruffed with dummy's nine of spades, but East was able to over-ruff and shift to the queen of di­a­monds. Louie had an un­avoid­able di­a­mond loser and fin­ished down one.

”6-2 hearts and East with the

10 of spades to boot,” said Louie. ”Ev­ery­thing hap­pens to me.”

Lucky Larry played the same con­tract af­ter the same auc­tion, and the de­fense was ex­actly the same. In­stead of ruff­ing the third heart in dummy, how­ever, Larry sim­ply dis­carded a low di­a­mond from dummy. East dis­carded a high club, so West shifted to a club at trick four. Larry ruffed, drew the out­stand­ing trumps in two rounds, and ruffed his di­a­mond loser in dummy. Mak­ing four!

Note that even if the trumps had split 3-0, Larry would still make his con­tract as long as the de­fender with three trumps fol­lowed to three rounds of di­a­monds. Nicely played!

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