Be declarer for a change….continued

August 10, 2009 at 12:36 pm Leave a comment

Double Bay
$10 game

NORTH

sJ83
h1A1083
d1KQ
cK974

WEST

sQ1097654
h12
d154
cJ52

EAST

s2
h1 Q964
d1AJ32
cAQ83

SOUTH

sAK
h1KJ75
d1109876
c106

West……………….North………East……..South
David Conway……..??………….Chua……..Marek Borewicz
Pass………………..1C…………1H………….2NT
Pass………………..3NT……….All Pass

After a spade lead to the ace and a diamond to RHO’s ace, the CQ came back and the question was whether to win or duck….Ben was the only one to answer, he got it right and his special prize is….to be guest blogger!! Well, either that or it was because he speculated on the strength of RHO….

Thanks Ben:

Cathy has been overcome by a fit of modesty, and looking at what she did and how well she went, I can see why.

Cathy must have been feeling particularly sexy that fine day in Double Bay. First she overcalled 1H with quite the moth-eaten 4 card suit, a suit that many of us wouldn’t even open, let alone overcall. Then she found the only card with any potential to shoot the contract – the CQ.

Let’s sit in Cathy’s seat for a moment. Logically, the club suit is the right suit to attack, and it’s right to attack. Partner didn’t lead hearts, so the actual heart layout is no surprise. Declarer is going after diamonds, and our pips are completely useless. All up, it looks like declarer is dangerously close to making with red suit tricks. That means we should be thinking attack, and the only suit left to attack is clubs.

But how to attack? The CQ was a very nice card. Partner can barely have a useful card left. The useful possibilities in clubs are J10 tight (switch a low club) and Jxx (with or without the 10 – switch to the CQ). Clearly Jxx is much more likely than J10 tight, so CQ switch it is.

Declarer, suspicious but unsure of the layout, took the CK, knocked out the DJ soon after, and was rapidly consigned to defeat as Cathy and her partner cashed up the club suit.

The key moment only took a smidge over 100 words to describe, but it’s nowhere near that easy at the table. Kudos to Cathy and I hope she enjoyed a very pleasant dinner on the proceeds.

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