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Defense from NA Swiss

My apologies if this hand made its way into the Bulletin but I'd be remiss if the story didn't get shared from day 2 of the ending Swiss.

 

All red you hold

 

East
98xx
xx
A3
1098xx
W
N
E
S
P
P
2
2NT
P
3NT
P
P
P

 

so you lead a heart and dummy tables

 

South
Kx
xx
Q10xx
KJxxx

 

At my table, my partners J of hearts won the first trick, back came the Q of hearts taken by declarers A.  Declarer now tried A And Q of clubs, and when my partner showed out, went to dummy's K of spades cashed 2 more clubs, shrugged his shoulders and played spades from the top holding AQTx of spades originally making 9 tricks As partners J of spades fell third.

 

meanwhile at the other table, Ulf Nilsson sitting in my chair saw declarer duck the first two hearts and win the third.  At this point he found the only play to give declarer a problem and discarded the A of diamonds!

 

Now when declarer cashes two clubs and finds out the news it sure looks like East Started with:

 

East
J9xx
xx
AK
1098xx

 

This play was rewarded as my thoughtful teammate played for this layout, as the discard was in perfect tempo.  Definitely one of the coolest plays I've seen at the table.

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