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Two chances are better than one


by Ron Klinger

http://www.RonKlingerBridge.com

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Problem

EAST Dealer | EW Vulnerable

A 8
A 8 4
A 7 4
Q J 10 9 7
N
WE
S
Q 6 5
J 9 7 6 5 2
K J 2
6
WestNorthEastSouth
  Pass2 1
2 Dbl2Pass3 3
Pass4 PassPass
Pass   
  1. Weak two in hearts or weak both black suits or any game-force
  2. Pass or correct
  3. Weak two in hearts
4  by South

West leads the CA and switches to the D6: four - nine - jack. Plan the play.




Solution

Declarer found a very fine play to create a second chance on this deal from the final of a National Open Teams:

East Deals
E-W Vul
A 8
A 8 4
A 7 4
Q J 10 9 7
K 10 7 4 3
10
Q 10 8 6
A K 8
N
WE
S
J 9 2
K Q 3
9 5 3
5 4 3 2
Q 6 5
J 9 7 6 5 2
K J 2
6
4  by South

At both tables West led the CA against 4H and switched to the D6: four - nine - jack. At one table South staked everything on the 2-2 heart break. He played a heart to the ace and a heart back. East won and shifted to a spade. Declarer thus lost a spade, two hearts and a club for one down.

At the other table declarer gave himself two chances. At trick 3 he also crossed to the HA, but ruffed a club next. He then played a second heart. Had hearts been 2-2 he would have made it. East won and switched to the S2: queen - king - ace.

Now declarer's second string appeared. He ruffed another club and when the CK fell, dummy had two club winners. A diamond to the ace allowed South to cash the club winners and discard two spades. East could ruff the fifth club, but there was no spade trick for the defence. That was +420 and +10 Imps.


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