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In the first final session of the 2019 Keohane North American Swiss Teams, I declared 6 and got the lead of the 7 (3/5 from honors, highest or 2nd from weak suits).

North
A542
A532
AJ842
South
KQ93
KQ10
AJ5432
W
N
E
S
P
1
P
2
P
2
P
2
P
2
P
3
P
4
P
4
P
6
P
P
P

North
A542
A532
AJ842
South
KQ93
KQ10
AJ5432
W
N
E
S
P
1
P
2
P
2
P
2
P
2
P
3
P
4
P
4
P
6
P
P
P

Perhaps not the most elegant auction, but my partner and I were a fairly unpracticed partnership, and the final contract was certainly playable. When dummy hit, I saw a crossruff was possible, but my weak spade spots persuaded me to try to set up my hand, so I won the A, pitching a diamond, to keep the trumps in my hand intact. (RHO followed with the 9.) From there, I crossed to the K, ruffed a diamond, and crossed again to the Q, with the jack intriguingly appearing on my left.

The position was now this:

North
A54
A5
J842
South
KQ93
10
AJ54

I still had nothing better to do than ruff another diamond, and when I did, LHO produced the Q. I could now survive 4-1 trumps if LHO had started with KQx of diamonds, as cashing the diamond ace would run the suit, so I drew three rounds of trumps pitching a club from dummy, with LHO having started with jack-third. On that third round, RHO thought for a long time and pitched the Q. At this point, my eyes lit up as I envisioned the layout on the following page:

West
K10653
North
A5
J84
East
98
K109
South
9
10
AJ5
D

This position -- one I'd never quite seen before -- seemed consistent enough with the early play. If RHO had started with five diamonds and four hearts, a pitch from either of those suits at trick eight would have immediately given me a twelfth trick (pitching a heart would allow me to overtake the 10 with the ace and cash the thirteenth heart; pitching a diamond would let me play ace and a diamond to establish the suit). To attempt to take advantage, I played the 10, just in case LHO had made a no-cost falsecard from an original Jxx. When he showed out, I played low from dummy and then exited with a diamond. In the above position, RHO would now have the choice of giving me a marked finesse by playing a diamond into my AJ, or giving me a stepping stone to the heart ace for twelve tricks. The position has familiar elements, but I've never seen it in exactly this form before, and I'm not sure quite what to call it.

Then again, maybe it doesn't need a name, since in reality, LHO started with KQx of diamonds. No matchpoints!

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