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Helgemo's line in 4 on #23 in final quarter vs Team Assael

West
Jxxx
x
AKJ10x
10xx
North
Q9xx
AJxx
xxx
J9
East
10x
K9xx
Qxx
Qxxx
South
AKx
Q10xx
xx
AK8x
W
N
E
S
1NT
P
2
P
2
P
4
P
P
P
D
4 South
NS: 0 EW: 0

 

Defense started with three rounds of s. Helgemo ruffed, ran the T to RHO's King who returned a . Now there are several variations possible. Pull trumps, if they're 3-2, you can ruff a in case you get a definitive count on the hand, failing which play for 4 tricks, finessing LHO for Txxx or Jxxx of RHO Plays an honor on the second round. But Helgemo played a low from hand :) As I was kibitizng only his hand, I was a little surprised. Of course he was trying not to rely on 4 tricks for the contract if trumps broke 3-2. Ruffing 2 in dummy will do. All it needs is that hand with 3 s have 3 or more , as you need two rounds of back to your hand to pull the last trump after ruffing s. Down 2 on the actual lay-out.

At the other table, Fantoni ducked the first trump, took the second one and returned a small . Now declarer pulled trumps. When he tested and they broke 4-2, LHO was down to one and two and RHO was down to 3. Declarer ran the J. His luck was in, LHO had Txx !

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