‘Hey, Mister, can you spare me….’

October 29, 2008 at 10:41 pm 1 comment

29 October
Victorian State Pairs qualifying round 2

WEST

S K762
H J9
D 108762
C 73

SOUTH

S 54
H A1073
D QJ3
C AK96

You sit West, it’s MP pairs and you know declarer has no major, having opened 1NT. Partner leads the H6, (3rds and 5ths) and your nine draws the king. Declarer bangs down the DK, rather startling partner into taking the ace. She shifts to the jack of spades….what do you do?

Maybe you should have gotten her that second cup of tea she asked for. But it’s too late for that now. YOU CAN STILL SAVE HER THOUGH. Keep that king. When you don’t, this is what happens:

NORTH

S AQ9
H K42
D K5
C Q10842

WEST

S K762
H J9
D 108762
C 73

EAST

S J1083
H Q865
D A94
C J5

SOUTH

S 54
H A1073
D QJ3
C AK96

It is a straightforward squeeze, with no room for declarer to go wrong. They cash their winners and as it happens their last card is high.

There is probably more than one moral to this story. On an opening spade lead – I had to pick a major – partner has, again, to keep that king or it is the same sad story. I’d gotten off to the right lead. It was a crass shift in the spirit of ‘it’s nothing declarer can’t do herself’. Still, maybe partner will get me that second cup of tea next time. It could be an investment well made.

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  • 1. Ben Thompson  |  November 3, 2008 at 4:04 am

    If you had had the 2nd cup of tea, and still switched to the SJ, you might have had:
    – AJ10x Qxxx Axx xx (giving declarer a pushy 11 Qxx Kxx Kx QJxxx). Maybe
    – AJ10x xxxx Ax Jxx (giving declarer Qxx KQx Kxx Q10xx). Passive lead at pairs, followed by a guilt complex and a spade switch? Maybe.

    Give yourself a bit of credit though. Your switch would have been necessary if declarer had had Axx Kxx Kx Q10xxx. 11 tricks on a heart continuation, only 10 on the brilliant semi-hydrated spade switch.

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