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A score I've never seen before and probably never will again.

West
Q102
AQJ1073
A3
K5
North
J86
4
KQJ872
AJ2
East
7543
9652
1054
106
South
AK9
K8
96
Q98743
W
N
E
S
1NT
X
XX
P
P
P
D
1NTXX South
NS: 0 EW: 0

This was a hand I just played at the Sunday evening Swiss teams, and I want to record it so I don't forget. (Spots are approximate.) I was sitting West but have rotated the diagram so my hand is South. A local pro was on my left. I'd say it's borderline between doubling with his hand at his first turn and just bidding 2 – but leaving in the redouble was super-greedy, I think he should have run.

Anyway, the pro led the Q, and my partner put down his diamonds...and my RHO put down her diamonds. We managed to stop her before she exposed the rest of her hand! But there they were with three penalty cards.

The Q lead ran around to my king. I played a club to the jack, which held, crossed back to the A, and led the Q. Now clubs were set up, and I could see my way to a huge score. I played the K from dummy, and when my LHO took his ace, I said, "I now wish to require a diamond lead." LHO tried to argue that the TD hadn't explained the options and that he would have played differently if he'd known I could do that. The TD pointed out that he was a pro and should be well familiar with how major penalty cards work. So in all, I took two spades, a heart, five diamonds, and four clubs for 12 tricks: 2760! At the other table, they played a minor suit partscore our way and lost only two aces for a more mundane 150. 21 IMPs.

Of course the pro should have ducked the first round of diamonds. If I get greedy and try to continue the suit, I now can't require a diamond lead because he hasn't got one to lead. I've seen my RHO's three diamonds, so I should get that right, but we'll never know whether I would have. So then I take the rest of the clubs and my spade: 10 tricks, 1960, and three IMPs less...or if I do lead the diamond, he gets five more hearts and saves nine IMPs.

It's an interesting question what would happen if my LHO had run to 2. My partner could double for takeout, or bid 3 forcing, or bid 3 asking for a stopper. 3NT makes 5 on a non-heart lead, and on the Q lead with no penalty cards should make 4 – on the run of the clubs, my LHO is strip-squeezed out of most of his heart winners, and eventually winds up getting thrown in with the A and forced to lead away from the Q. If they try sacrificing in 4 it looks like down 4, but I think the defense gets endplayed and declarer gets out for down 3. All of these results IMP poorly against +150 at the other table, of course, but the disaster is a bit less.

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