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JALL's Brilliance on Display

West
A852
83
QJ108
J42
North
3
Q54
K97542
963
East
J10974
76
A6
AKQ7
South
KQ6
AKJ1092
3
1085
W
N
E
S
1
P
2
2
3
3
P
4
P
P
P
D
4 East
NS: 0 EW: 0

 

In the semi-finals of the USBF Invitational, Justin Lall declared 4 with a high heart lead.   After a diamond shift at trick two, he paused and commented on the diamond play ("a diamond shift...weird"   "sorry, this  is going to take me a while").  He thought for what is a long time for him (a minute, maybe?), crossed to a club, and played the spade Jack...Queen, Ace, small).  [stop here and consider how you would proceed.]  Sorry, I didn't see how to advance the play to this point with the "next" button.

 

Justin played 3 more rounds of clubs; south had to ruff the fourth club to prevent a heart discard from dummy.  He avoided the defense found at the other table, where Ginossar-Willenken won the second spade, underled in hearts, and scored their diamond ruff.  Great fun for the kibitzers; the at-the-table commentary was especially entertaining.

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