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A nice hand from the USA2 Senior Semis
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You get to a good 3NT and they lead the rusinow spade jack (queen or shortness), you duck, they continue with the two.. Your play?

Feldman
Passell
K75
J108
J6
KQ874
Martel
Wold
843
A642
AQ2
A96
W
N
E
S
P
1NT
P
3
P
3
P
3NT
P
P
P
D
26
3NT South
NS: 0 EW: 0
J
5
9
3
0
0
1
2
2

 

 

Let us say you guess right and play the K. Now you have eight tricks, so you still have not made this hand, what next?

There seem to be two lines. Take a diamond finesse or play for the throw in. Seems like you can run the clubs and then decide ... so click the next button below to run those clubs and then make your decision before going to the next page. The opponents play upside down signals

 

Feldman
Passell
K75
J108
J6
KQ874
Martel
Wold
843
A642
AQ2
A96
W
N
E
S
P
1NT
P
3
P
3
P
3NT
P
P
P
D
26
3NT South
NS: 0 EW: 0
J
5
9
3
0
0
1
2
K
10
4
1
1
1
4
10
A
2
3
2
1
9
3
K
5
1
3
1
Q
J
6
4
1
4
1
8
5
2
5
1
5
1
7
3
4
7
1
6
1
8
Q
A
9
3
7
1
8
Q
7
7
0
7
2
6
6
3
6
0
7
3
A
J
8
2
0
7
4
9 tricks claimed
N/S +600
11

 

 

Great card reading by Wold to execute the throw in. At the other table when declarer ducked twice, Bramley found the deadly diamond shift to remove the endplay option.

The full hand was:

 

Feldman
AQJ62
95
K1074
32
Passell
K75
J108
J6
KQ874
Martel
109
KQ73
9853
J105
Wold
843
A642
AQ2
A96
W
N
E
S
P
1NT
P
3
P
3
P
3NT
P
P
P
D
26
3NT South
NS: 0 EW: 0
J
5
9
3
0
0
1
2
K
10
4
1
1
1
4
10
A
2
3
2
1
9
3
K
5
1
3
1
Q
J
6
4
1
4
1
8
5
2
5
1
5
1
7
3
4
7
1
6
1
8
Q
A
9
3
7
1
8
Q
7
7
0
7
2
6
6
3
6
0
7
3
A
J
8
2
0
7
4
9 tricks claimed
N/S +600
11

 

I once had a similar hand as East, played the Q then the J but my sleepy partner discouraged and declarer got it right. At the other table, Disa was awake and encouraged with the same three small cards that my partner held, so my teammate went wrong. Mind you in our case it was Kxx in dummy and xx with declarer, so the possible Axx on the right was the holding that mattered...

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