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Greetings!

 

I ran into this deal last week from an IMP game.

 

North
1073
A53
J76
KJ107
East
J65
1042
542
AQ43
W
N
E
S
1
X
2
P
P
P

 

Lead was H7 around to declarers 8.

Next came C5 to dummy's jack and east's queen. West played the C6 (standard count).

East shifted to diamonds and west played Q + A (declarer dropped the king) and a third diamond (D3) to the jack, south following.

Now came the CK. Do you play your ace?

If you do (or don't), why?

 

If you do cover, south will ruff, and play HK + heart to the ace....

On the third heart west is caught in a strange nonmaterial three suited strip squeeze.

The only card west can play that do not cost a trick is the diamond winner, but ofc, he is then end played in clubs.

Geza would have loved this one too I think.

 

West's hand: AQ9 7x AQxx 98xx

South's hand: Kxxx KQJ98 KTx x

 

This was perhaps possible to defend on some kind of general principle (give a trick as soon as possible) but visualizing the squeeze from East's chair is difficult unless you are really good.

At the table the cards were not played this way. What a waste. :/

 

 

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