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RR15 Board 5 Great Defense by Pepsi
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It was only an overtrick IMP at stake, but I was impressed by Pepsi's defense on this hand from RR15 in the matchup of France vs. USA2

West
K92
QJ103
AJ7632
North
East
South
A865
A
94
AQ8732
W
N
E
S
 
P
P
1
1
X
P
1
2
X
3
X
P
3N
P
P
P
D
5
3NT North
NS: 0 EW: 0
Q
4
2
K
1
1
0
6
4
Q
2

N-S get to the normal looking 3NT and partner leads the Q. You duck to declarer's K and he starts playing clubs. You're going to have to make 6 discards.

Easy enough to start with the 9 (Standard carding). Declarer cashes the A (2 from partner) and then plays the A. You throw the Q. Now comes another club to declarer's K; seems you have to throw a diamond. Declarer cashes the K (4 from partner) and plays another club to dummy, partner pitching the J. You pitch another diamond. Now comes the fifth club.

West
K92
QJ103
AJ7632
North
East
South
A865
A
94
AQ8732
W
N
E
S
 
P
P
1
1
X
P
1
2
X
3
X
P
3N
P
P
P
D
5
3NT North
NS: 0 EW: 0
Q
4
2
K
1
1
0
6
4
Q
9
3
2
0
A
3
5
2
3
3
0
A
Q
10
9
3
4
0
2
3
K
J
1
5
0
K
4
5
10
1
6
0
5
J
8
6
3
7
0
7
8

Pepsi saw the squeeze-endplay coming. He had to hold both spades, or he would set up declarer's Q. But If he held high diamonds he was going to get endplayed into leading away from his K. Declarer had 9 tricks without the A, so he wouldn't risk his contract with the throw-in. Pepsi played partner for the T, shedding his AJ on the last 2 clubs. Rosenberg won the diamond exit for a spade through. Push.

Pepsi
K92
QJ103
AJ7632
Bessis
Q3
K965
K85
K1065
Rosenberg
J1074
8742
Q10
J94
South
A865
A
94
AQ8732
W
N
E
S
 
P
P
1
1
X
P
1
2
X
3
X
P
3N
P
P
P
D
5
3NT North
NS: 0 EW: 0
Q
4
2
K
1
1
0
6
4
Q
9
3
2
0
A
3
5
2
3
3
0
A
Q
10
9
3
4
0
2
3
K
J
1
5
0
K
4
5
10
1
6
0
5
J
8
6
3
7
0
7
A
6
7
3
8
0
3
J
9
8
3
9
0
9
7
5
10
2
9
1
4
10 tricks claimed
N/S +630
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