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Sidney Lazard's Great Coup

West
KJ7642
AKQ97
105
North
Q10
J54
QJ8763
J4
East
985
10632
4
Q10765
S Lazard
A3
8
AK92
AK9832
W
N
E
S
1
P
1
P
P
2NT
3
P
4
6
P
P
P
D
1
6 South
NS: 0 EW: 0
A
4
6
8
0
0
1
K
5
2
A
3
1
1
K
5
3
4
3
2
1
2
10
Q
3
1
3
1
J
Q
A
7
3
4
1
9
9
J
10
1
5
1
8
5
2
2
1
6
1
6
8
3
4
1
7
1
4
5
8
6
3
8
1
K
7
10
6
3
9
1
9
J
7
7
1
10
1
Q
9
A
K
3
11
1
3
Q
J
10
3
12
1
N/S +920
13

 

This is Sidney Lazard's great coup from 1954, demonstrating that it is a mistake to give too much information to an expert.

Once East exposed his psych and the opponents  competed in hearts, Lazard could picture his partner with long diamonds and so bid what he thought would have some play.

On the run of the trumps, East was forced to keep club length and unguard spades. That allowed West to be squeezed in the majors; the three of spades took the last trick.

Great bidding! Great play!

 

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