16th November 2016

Dealer South
S
865
   
Game All
H
A542
   
    D K
   
    C 108763
   
S
QJ107
    S
K92
H
Q10873
    H
J9
D
108
    D
AQJ43
C
92
    C
KJ5
    S
A43
   
    H
K6
   
    D
97652
   
    C
AQ4
   


South
West
North
East
1D Pass
1H Pass
1NT
Pass
Pass
Pass

Lancashire hold two one-day green point events in October each year, with the pairs at Brierfield and the teams at Blackburn.
I didn't play in the pairs, but the teams was enjoyable with an excellent buffet at half time.

John Currie showed his declarer play skill on this deal.  After a quick auction West lead the spade queen, ducked all round, followed by a spade to the king, ducked again, East then cleared the spades.  John played a heart to the ace and took the club finesse, cashed the club ace and made the key play of cashing the heart king to strip East of hearts, before exiting with a diamond.  East could have beaten the contract after winning the diamond ace by leading a low diamond to his partner's ten, but he made the mistake of cashing the high diamonds and, after taking the club king, was forced to concede the last two tricks to declarer.

A couple of lessons here.  The first is don't concede when an unlikely but favourable lie of the cards may work and secondly as defender count the hand.