[7 of Spades]
[5 of Spades]
[2 of Spades]
[Ace of Hearts]
[Jack of Hearts]
[9 of Hearts]
[6 of Hearts]
[4 of Hearts]
[— of Diamonds]
[Ace of Clubs]
[Jack of Clubs]
[10 of Clubs]
[3 of Clubs]
[2 of Clubs]
[Queen of Spades]
[10 of Spades]
[9 of Spades]
[8 of Spades]
[3 of Spades]
[5 of Hearts]
[Ace of Diamonds]
[Queen of Diamonds]
[10 of Diamonds]
[9 of Diamonds]
[7 of Diamonds]
[5 of Clubs]
I'm not proud of
this one. I led a low heart to my hand, and when East showed out, I played a
third heart. Next I cashed a second club in dummy, ruffed a diamond back to my
hand and played off my good clubs, discarding spades from dummy. But with only
one trump remaining in dummy I was only able to ruff one spade and thus made
only 11 tricks.
After East shows
out on the second trump, the correct move is to play a second club immediately.
If everyone follows, six can't be made, but if East shows out, six is in the
bag, by ruffing a diamond back to your hand, playing off your three high
clubs—discarding two spades and a diamond—and crossruffing spades and
It is true that
all of this is for an over-trick, but in a close match you never can tell. Of
course, if trumps are 2-2 the hand is cold for 12 tricks, given the spade
block. However, if East somehow turns up with three trumps, you must draw the
third trump at once.
In the other room
our teammates, Malcolm Brachman and Mike Passell (East-West), bought the hand
for four spades and went down one trick when South underled both of his aces to
get two diamond ruffs! Nevertheless, the U.S. gained 13 IMPs on the board.
Because this hand
was played in the round robin, it meant that it was also being played at three
other tables. At one of them, a South player led a trump against four spades!
Nevertheless, he wound up getting two diamond ruffs as East was unable to get
off dummy without letting North in twice to give South two ruffs.
prompted the VU-GRAPH commentator, Jean Besse, to make the following analysis
of the lead: "At no-trump, you lead the suit in which you wish to develop
tricks, and South did the same thing at a suit contract. He wished to make
spade tricks by ruffing diamonds, so he led spades!"