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Dave Beckett owes me a beer

West
Q975
Q732
Q
AQJ9
North
K10643
6
AJ4
K742
East
A
A954
K1098763
8
South
J82
KJ108
52
10653
W
N
E
S
1
2
2
X
P
4
X
P
P
P
D
4X East
NS: 0 EW: 0

Match 9 of 12 in the qualifying swiss about half way through the 20 board match. You know these guys. Not a lot of imps have been traded yet but it has been a fun match as you expected.

Never double unless you know what to lead so you quickly offer up the 2 of spades. It would have been more relaxing if the Q of hearts was not on the deck but all up nothing too terrifying in dummy.

Beckett plays low in dummy and Bruce plays the 6 of spades so declarer has the stiff Ace. Diamond to the lonely Queen on the deck and Bruce grabs his stinger and gets out the 6 of hearts. Beckett plays low and you win the King. You notice the 9 and 7 of spades on the deck and check your hand to annoyingly find you have the 8. Probably doesn't matter. Hopefully Beckett just sees a couple of rank challenged spades. Love the tap so clear to try the Jack of spades and life is good as Beckett plays low and ruffs in hand.

Tank time for declarer and you remember to do the housekeeping. Bruce has the King of clubs and 1462 is the favourite. Beckett is going to get tapped to pieces. Already he has less trumps than you so the job has been done. You wonder how many it is going off.

Finally Beckett emerges with the King of diamonds pitching a club and then the 10 of diamonds. Wait. There was a diamond honour on the deck right ? Hmmm is the 10 high ? Beckett is probably trying some ruse involving him having the big diamond so he can pitch all those clubs - either that or the 10 is high. Must be clear to ruff in and just smash him up some more so you play the 8 of hearts and move the 8 of spades to the top of your cards.

Beckett over ruffs with the Queen of hearts and plays a trump to the Ace in his hand. Now he leans forward and shows you his hand saying that he is going to play diamonds. You resist the urge to ask "are you sure ?". Bruce is putting his cards away - a bad sign.

You run out of boards a couple of hands later and Beckett agrees a durry break is in order. As you walk out of the room you remember the hand to him and suggest that he probably owes you a beer. He smiles and seems to agree. I think he knew you were serious. Never can tell with a Victorian. Hopefully he reads Bridge Winners.   

 

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