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Debbie Rosenberg arranged a practice session on Saturday for the Bay Area juniors who are attending the upcoming teams trial in Atlanta. There were 5 teams, mostly juniors but with some fill-in players like myself.

I played the following hand with Ninad More against Sarah Youngquist and Cornelius Duffie.

At favorable I held

West
Q843
KJ10983
K2
J
W
N
E
S
1
X
P

With solid trumps I had an easy pass.

The takeout doubler is supposed to lead a trump after a passout. Ninad led a high club, but on seeing dummy I can appreciate that a trump lead would have been difficult to achieve.

West
Q843
KJ10983
K2
J
North
East
South
J9652
76
107654
5
W
N
E
S
1
X
P
P
P
D
1X North
NS: 0 EW: 0
A
5
J
2
2
0
1
1

Ninad switched to the queen of diamonds which declarer won.  A club was ruffed and overruffed.  I led my high heart; declarer won and played a diamond.

Ninad eyed this but played low; I won the king and played the jack of hearts.  Declarer played the queen of trumps and exited in clubs.

West
Q843
KJ10983
K2
J
North
East
South
J9652
76
107654
5
W
N
E
S
1
X
P
P
P
D
1X North
NS: 0 EW: 0
A
5
J
2
2
0
1
Q
4
2
A
1
1
1
6
7
6
8
0
1
2
K
A
3
7
1
2
2
3
9
10
K
0
2
3
J
Q
10
5
1
3
3
8
Q
2
8
2
3
4
K
5
4
9
2
3
5
8

Declarer has taken two high trumps and the diamond ace.  At this point we might as well show all four hands. 

Ninad played another winner and I discarded a spade.  Declarer ruffed low and exited the king of spades.  Ninad had to win this and I ruffed the next trick perforce.  Because I ruffed middle and cashed a high heart, Cornelius was the proud possessor of the final trick, his 4 beating my 3.

West
Q843
KJ10983
K2
J
North
K7
AQ542
A3
9862
East
A10
QJ98
AKQ10743
South
J9652
76
107654
5
W
N
E
S
1
X
P
P
P
D
1X North
NS: 0 EW: 0
A
5
J
2
2
0
1
Q
4
2
A
1
1
1
6
7
6
8
0
1
2
K
A
3
7
1
2
2
3
9
10
K
0
2
3
J
Q
10
5
1
3
3
8
Q
2
8
2
3
4
K
5
4
9
2
3
5
J
6
3
2
1
4
5
K
A
9
Q
2
4
6
4
7
9
7
0
4
7
10
5
10
6
0
4
8
3
4
8
J
1
5
8
N/S -500
13

It offended my sense of propriety for declarer to score FOUR trump tricks when I have six great trumps.  Could we do better?  Well, I could hold declarer to four tricks if I ruff the last club low ...

West
Q843
KJ10983
K2
J
North
K7
AQ542
A3
9862
East
A10
QJ98
AKQ10743
South
J9652
76
107654
5
W
N
E
S
1
X
P
P
P
D
1X North
NS: 0 EW: 0
A
5
J
2
2
0
1
Q
4
2
A
1
1
1
6
7
6
8
0
1
2
K
A
3
7
1
2
2
3
9
10
K
0
2
3
J
Q
4
5
1
3
3
8
10
2
8
2
3
4
Q
5
3
9
0
3
5
10
2
8
6
0
3
6
9
4
J
6
0
3
7
10

While I've pulled two of declarer's small trumps, I am now endplayed into giving declarer a spade trick.

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