[— of Spades]
[Jack of Hearts]
[9 of Hearts]
[7 of Hearts]
[5 of Hearts]
[2 of Hearts]
[Queen of Diamonds]
[Jack of Diamonds]
[10 of Diamonds]
[9 of Diamonds]
[King of Clubs]
[10 of Clubs]
[6 of Clubs]
[5 of Clubs]
In the entire
World Championship, during which I played close to 500 hands, I consider this
my worst error: I forgot to count declarer's tricks.
discards the deuce of hearts at trick one, you know declarer has the king of
hearts. That, along with a known six-card spade suit and the ace of diamonds,
gives declarer nine tricks.
The defense must
set up two diamond tricks before declarer develops his 10th trick in clubs. The
play is to win the ace of clubs and immediately switch to the king of diamonds.
Then, when partner gets in with the king of clubs, he will have two good
diamonds to cash.
declarer played a low club, I cheerfully played second-hand low—goodby to
defeating the contract. Partner won the king of clubs and played the queen of
diamonds. I unblocked with the king, but declarer won the second diamond,
reentered his hand with a trump and led a second club. I won the ace but did
not have a diamond to lead, and declarer was able to discard his losing diamond
on dummy's high club.
the other room, Pittala, normally a very careful defender, also came to grief
after a heart lead. Goldman won in dummy, concealing the king, cashed a high
spade, led a spade to his hand and played a club. Pittala played low, and once
again four spades came rolling in. No swing.