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A Defensive Problem from the Europeans

 

EuroDefProb {loadposition eurodef1}

You are Bas Drijver on the Netherlands team and you hear the auction above. You lead a high honor, partner plays the 8 and declarer plays the 9. What do you play at trick 2?

 

 

You had to switch to a low spade. See the full hand below. Most players signal suit preference when there is a singleton in dummy and partner will be holding the lead. Here there were two lower hearts and only one higher, other than the Ace.

Brink
KQ32
A865
K1063
7
Levy
108
109
J7
AKJ6543
Drijver
J76
KQ7432
52
Q10
Chemla
A954
J
AQ984
982
W
N
E
S
1
3
P
5
P
P
P
D
4
5 North
NS: 0 EW: 0
Q
J
8
9
2
0
1
7
A
2
8
3
1
1
2
7
A
10
1
2
1
10
3
8
5
3
3
1
9
6
K
Q
1
4
1
J
2
4
3
1
5
1
6
2
8
10
1
6
1
4
5
9
A
1
7
1
3
7
4
Q
1
8
1
5
K
5
K
1
9
1
7
6
A
6
3
10
1
Q
K
J
4
0
10
2
3
10
J
9
2
10
3
N/S -100
13

In many matches this contract made, including the other table of this match, where a diamond was led. So you won 12 imps if you switched to a low spade. Playing suit preference when there is a singleton in dummy can help you get this right.

However the hand was not over yet. Use the next button to follow the play. When declarer runs all his trumps, your partner must throw the K and Q, keeping a low one and the Kx to avoid being endplayed. In the Turkey-Russia match both Easts found the killing shift but both Wests failed to keep a low spade for a push at -600. In the Israel-Bulgaria match, Bulgaria did not bid game NS in one room but their teammates played 4X making in the other room for a big pickup.

Well done Brink and Drijver! This was the first of many swings for the Netherlands giving them a blitz over France. Because they are the host of the next Bermuda Bowl, the Netherlands automatically has a team entered and do not need a high finish in the Europeans.

 

 

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