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Playing North in the 17th round of the round robin in the World Championships in Bali you lead your partner's suit, a club against 4, declarer wins the A playing the Q from hand and draws 2 rounds of trump. You play upside down signals when you give them. Use the next button in the diagram and plan your defense.

West
North
Q76
75
KQ864
1043
East
J954
J83
972
A65
South
W
N
E
S
P
P
1
P
2
3
3
P
4
P
P
P
D
10
4 West
NS: 0 EW: 0
3
A
2
Q
2
0
1
4
8
A
7
0
0
2
K
6
5
7
0
0
3
A
5
3
2
0
0
4
K
7
8
6
0
0
5
4
6

Next declarer plays A, K and another , have you chosen your defense?

How did you do? Partner had one chance to help you when discarding on the spade but how likely is it that he knew what was coming? This was board 10 of round 17 and all the Norths subjected to this play, fell for it.

Deceptive declarer play is an important part of the game. I watched Robert Tobing, the Indonesian declarer pulled this off against USA2. Kerri Shuman was written up in today's bulletin for succeeding with this play in the Venice Cup. (see page 8, Tuesday Sept 24 Bulletin)

West
AK1032
AKQ4
J105
Q
North
Q76
75
KQ864
1043
East
J954
J83
972
A65
South
8
10962
A3
KJ9872
W
N
E
S
P
P
1
P
2
3
3
P
4
P
P
P
D
10
4 West
NS: 0 EW: 0
3
A
2
Q
2
0
1
4
8
A
7
0
0
2
K
6
5
7
0
0
3
A
5
3
2
0
0
4
K
7
8
6
0
0
5
4
4
J
9
2
0
6
5
K
2
4
0
0
7
Q
10 tricks claimed
E/W +620
8

The next page lists the other successful declarers and some statistics ...

 

Four declarers made 4 in the Bermuda Bowl including, besides Indonesia, David Gold of England (found the deception), Ruoyang Lian of China (no data but the club lead so must have executed the same swindle) and one got a heart lead when South never bid clubs. The nine others who got a club lead went down. 

http://worldbridge.org/repository/tourn/bali.13/microsite/Asp/BoardAcross.asp?qboard=010.17..980

Four other declarers made 4 in the Venice Cup, besides Kerri, but they all got a lead. Everyone else who got a club lead went down.

http://worldbridge.org/repository/tourn/bali.13/microsite/Asp/BoardAcross.asp?qboard=010.17..981

In the Seniors, there were many more diamond leads. Of the seven declarers who got a club lead, several executed the swindle successfully: John Schermer, USA2; John Murdoch, Scotland (with the AKQ in dummy no less);   Chii-Mou Lin, Chinese Taipei (no match data so presuming);

http://worldbridge.org/repository/tourn/bali.13/microsite/Asp/BoardAcross.asp?qboard=010.17..982

 

So far I have not found a single North player who was not fooled. Let me know if you find one!

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