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The Greatest Play
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I’d been thinking about writing this article, and was finally inspired to do so by the recent article calling a play “brilliant” in the title. While it was a pretty good play, I felt that adjective should pertain to something a little more special. Having said that, I won’t use that adjective again in this article. I’ll confine myself to ‘good play’ and ‘great play’.

I define a ‘good play’ as something ‘special’ – not just merely routine or correct. It might be missed by an expert. I define a ‘great play’ as ‘a play that defeats a 'good play’.

As an example: let’s say declarer is in a contract where he’s trying to locate the opponents' high cards, so he can guess a queen. In a side suit he has void in hand facing Kxxx in dummy. He leads the king from dummy trying to ‘find’ the ace. That is the correct play.

If the player sitting over the king plays low with the ace and, because of that, declarer misguesses the queen, that is the ‘good play’.

If declarer found this play with a stiff (rather than leading to the king) that is the ‘great play’.

This article is about the play I would consider (until further notice) ‘the greatest play’ – the best of all the ‘great plays’. Obviously, this is subjective.

North
Q105
Q93
AKQJ
AKQ
South
K8642
86
864
642
W
N
E
S
1
X
P
1
P
2
P
2
P
2NT
P
3
P
3
P
4
P
P
P

This hand contains the possibility of the play I consider ‘the greatest play’. I’m not saying whether it’s a declarer play or a defender’s play. You can try to figure it out from just these hands. Or, you can go to page 2 where I give all 4 hands – but no further information.

If you think you've solved it, please refrain from giving the answer in the comments - let others have fun too. If you want, you can send me a Private Message with your solution, with the understanding that I may choose to publish portions of your message later in this thread.

The full deal:

West
A7
AKJ54
1032
1083
North
Q105
Q93
AKQJ
AKQ
East
J93
1072
975
J975
South
K8642
86
864
642
W
N
E
S
 
1
X
P
1
P
2
P
2
P
2N
P
3
P
3
P
4
P
P
P
D
4 South
NS: 0 EW: 0

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