My kingdom for a spade.

November 9, 2008 at 9:49 pm Leave a comment

Years ago I reported this hand on the bridge website I had for a while.

On this deal from OKBridge (way, way, way before BBO was invented) Peg Glasser got to play a slam which was cold….even though it was off three cashing tricks.

NORTH

J54

AKJ1062

8

K106

WEST

AKQ10762

4

Q2

953

EAST

Q3

J97654

Q8742

SOUTH

983

9875

AK103

AJ

Peg sat North. West opened 4S and she ventured 5H – one of those bids you have to make and sometimes you will have shopped well. I suspect most experts would pass with the South hand, knowing the relief partner might feel as dummy comes down. Still, it’s hard to resist bidding on – the more so since there’s no bonus for playing at the five level. Of course it might have been the lateness of the hour, the Christmas cheer he was imbibing at the time, his impending New Year’s resolution to bid less…one way or another South, Robert Drew raised to six hearts.

WEST NORTH EAST SOUTH
Glasser Drew
4 5 Pass 6
All Pass

If it had been across-the-table-bridge, maybe West could have slipped one of those spades to partner. As it was, East began with a diamond. Peg won, cashed the king discarding a spade and ruffed a diamond. She cashed two hearts, ruffed out the club suit and then played dummy’s fourth diamond discarding another spade from hand. East was left with the ignomonious choice of which minor to concede the ruff and discard in. +1430

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