It takes foresight
It’s not easy to figure out how declarer made six spades on this deal played in a European championship. But make it he did, and how he accomplished that feat is a challenge even if you see all four hands.
West led the nine of clubs — an obvious singleton — whereupon South played the queen from dummy and the seven from his hand! As a result of this farsighted unblocking play, he was able to make the slam.
Declarer next cashed the A-K of trumps and continued with a trump to dummy’s queen, producing this nine-card position:
[H] 7 2
[D] A 10 9 3
[C] 8 6 5
[H] A Q J 10
[D] K Q
[C] J 10 4
[S] J 10 9
[H] K 6
[C] A K 2
South now led dummy’s eight of clubs, planning to finesse, but East covered with the ten. Declarer won with the king, led a diamond to the ace and returned the six of clubs, rendering East helpless. If East followed low, South would next lead a heart from dummy toward his king; if East covered the club six with the jack, South would win with the ace, return the deuce of clubs to dummy’s five and then lead a heart toward his king.
Had declarer’s club holding in the diagrammed position been the A-K-7 rather than the A-K-2, he could not have made the contract against best defense. He would have found it impossible to take the necessary two club finesses and also lead a heart toward his king, and the slam would have gone down one.
Bridge club results
The Northampton Bridge Club welcomes anyone who wishes to play duplicate bridge. Open pairs game: 7 p.m. every Tuesday at the Clarion Hotel & Conference Center, 1 Atwood Drive, Northampton. The club manager is available at 253-3508 to assist players in need of partners. The club’s website is www.northamptonbridgeclub.com.
There were 12 tables in play July 30.
North-South, overall winners: 2.11R/B Alan Peterfreund-Evelyn Chesky, 59.24; 1.28R/B Timothy Joder-Philippe Galaski, 58.60; 0.92R/B Paul Bacon-Roger Webb, 58.10; Strata B: 2.11R/B Alan Peterfreund-Evelyn Chesky, 59.24; Strata C: 2.11R/B Alan Peterfreund-Evelyn Chesky, 59.24; East-West, overall winners: 3.67R/B David Rock-Sonja Smith, 64.62; 2.81R/B Earl Waterman-Kate Spencer, 60.41; .58R/B Leo Sartori-James Osofsky, 59.06; 1.30R/B Anne McCune-James Nowill, 55.02; Strata B: 3.67R/B David Rock-Sonja Smith, 64.62; Strata C: 3.67R/B David Rock-Sonja Smith, 64.62;