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False Card 1/2

Tidying up over the summer break I found a couple of nice false cards. The first is from at least 20 years ago but my paper copy is undated. It was played online.

North
64
J1076
K1043
A83
South
K1095
K2
AQ9
KJ94
W
N
E
S
P
P
1NT
P
2
P
2
P
2NT
P
3NT
P
P
P

North's invite was on the light side but you get that with pickup partners in online tournaments. South with some bolstering 10s and 9s has an easy accept but the contract is poor.

The first piece of good news was a favourable club lead into the KJ9x but that only increased the winners from five to six. There was a, hoped for, seventh trick if diamonds were favourable and an eighth if we could build a trick in one of the majors, nine if we can get a trick in both majors. But are those our only chances?

The lead was a fourth highest 5 and east contributed the seven.

There is a chance for south to catch west napping and win and play a club to the 8. If west does not split then that will be four club tricks when without the lead the entitlement was two. But this can be improved upon.

Look what happened when declarer won the J and not the 9. This gave west the false impression that east had the nine. Perhaps west should have been suspicious when declarer played back a club immediately but west was lulled into a false sense of security by declarer not winning the nine at the first trick.

The rest of the play is lost to posterity except that it is recorded that south eventually scored the K and diamonds were 3=3 for nine tricks.

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