27th July 2016



Dealer South
S
K93    
NS Vul
H
AKQ
   
    D AK7    
    C A1085
   
S
AQ62
    S
J75
H
10
    H
J743
D
984
    D
J632
C
K7642
    C
Q9
    S
1084
   
    H
98652
   
    D
Q105
   
    C
J3
   




South
West
North
East
Pass
Pass
2C Pass
2D Pass
2N Pass
3D Pass 4D Pass
4H Pass
Pass
Pass


Today's deal was played by Tom Slater in a Friday night duplicate at Cheadle Hulme.
After North had shown a balanced 23-24 count, South transferred to hearts, North showed a super fit and South signed off in game.

West lead the club seven, which was ducked in dummy, East won with the queen and played back a spade to the ace and West returned the club two.  Worried about a club ruff Tom won with the ace and played trumps getting the bad news.  South now appears to have four losers, two spades a trump and a club.  However, Tom ruffed a club with East discarding a diamond.  Tom now played three rounds of diamonds and the spade king, followed by the last club from dummy.  East discarded a spade and Tom ruffed (en passant) leaving East's trump winner and West's spade winner to take the last trick.


Thanks to Tom Slater for reporting this deal