Dick on Defence 3 continued

August 6, 2009 at 9:02 am 3 comments

Dealer North
Nil Vul

NORTH

sA7
h1A7
d19753
cKQ1095

WEST

s103
h1KQJ64
d1AQ1064
c4

EAST

sJ42
h1 109532
d18
c8763

SOUTH

sKQ9865
h18
d1KJ2
cAJ2

West…….North…….East…….South
Seres……Cintra…….C’ings….Branco
…………..1D………….Pass……2C*
2H………3C…………..5H………6C
All Pass

2C is canape.

At the other table, the Borins bid and made 6C after EW failed to get into the auction (difficult as that is to believe). Perhaps a 1D opening from North put West off? Or perhaps some start like 1NT Pass 3S? Here Tim began with the required ace and another diamond.

Well, I’m gobsmacked. I wrote the following before I posted the problem yesterday:

Is this too easy? Now leading aces against slams is automatically the first thing one looks at, but these were the days – Rio world championship – when such a lead was still a flash concept.

Yet not one starter for the ace!!! Is this really because you all thought it was a trick – the ace was so obvious you were going for the alternative? Or because you really did think, nah, not 3 ace leads in a row?

Well, well, well. Come back tomorrow for something completely different.

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Jonathan Mestel  |  August 6, 2009 at 9:04 pm

    Why isn’t South bidding 5S? I’ve never understood canape.
    Would this give rise to cheating accusations? Or would that be reserved for bidding 6NT…

    I’d have led DA against 7C….another 5 or 7 hand.

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  • 2. Bill Jacobs  |  August 6, 2009 at 10:32 am

    I think people were rather thinking that they might need to avoid the diamond lead, so that they could use the AQ to capture South’s king.

    Not entirely easy to visualize the side unbid 6-card spade suit. No way would I consider the diamond ace “obvious”. Possible, certainly, but not obvious.

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    • 3. cathychua  |  August 6, 2009 at 11:11 am

      I’m pleased that it isn’t…of course, I’m not looking at these as problems. I was simply rather concerned that this was a rather old-fashioned idea of something unusual, leading the ace here, whereas it would seem from the comments here that this is not so at all.

      Reply

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