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A personal loss from the cheating scandals

  I was reading a book about a prior World Championship and found myself trying to determine if a good defensive play was indeed good or was it cheating. I am absolutely NOT saying there was cheating occurring in the hands I was reading about.  But I will say that my enjoyment from reading about how great players defend contracts has lost much of its joy.  I find myself wondering if any of the world class players I am reading about were cheating. Perhaps there is enough cheating occurring that I shouldn't try to learn from hands that were played in the last few years.

Look at this hand:

West
64
A752
643
K863
North
QJ9
KQ852
AQJ109
East
QJ7
K1063
A107
742
South
AK1098532
84
J9
5
W
N
E
S
4
P
P
P
D
4 South
NS: 0 EW: 0

  The hand was played 4 times.  3 times world class players lead a small Club and 3 times the declarer finessed the Club and made the contract.  At the 4th table the defense lead the unsupported Heart ace finding partner with the Heart king for the killing defense.  The defense quickly taking 2 Heart tricks, the Diamond ace and later a trump trick. 

  Did the fourth world class player have some additional bridge knowledge or just lucky or...? A low club appears to be the "most logical" lead.

  I know one hand means nothing.  But the recent cheating scandals has forever changed my view and enjoyment of the game.  I will always wonder if both past and future bridge winners justly deserve their trophies or just didn't get caught.

 

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