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The death of the Jack of Hearts

Recently in a match between Bamberg and Mannheim in the first division of the German Bundesliga a cute hand came up.

West
974
J762
A93
A108
North
J6
J87642
J9752
East
AK10832
3
K5
KQ43
South
Q5
AKQ109854
Q10
6
W
N
E
S
P
1
X
2
P
4
5
X
P
P
P
D
5X South
NS: 0 EW: 0

2 showed a constructive three card raise in spades. 

Declarer was Michael Gromöller, a well known German Internationalist. While his bidding may have been peculiar, his declarer play was truly imaginative.

West led a spade and the defenders played three rounds of the suit, declarer ruffing the third. Gromöller now played the ten of hearts from his hand and West ducked. His jack was then caught by the ace, king and queen. Thus Gromöller escaped with -500 and a loss of only 1 Imp compared to the 480 his teammates Gawel/Jagniewski scored in 5.

Though one could say West should have smelled a trap it is hard to criticize him too severely because declarer's maneuver was not easy to spot.

 

                          

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