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Another false report

Avon's articles about Forquet's false reporting reminded me of my favorite false report, which I wrote about in the following letter to The Bridge World. It's my favorite because the report is embarrassingly self-incriminating. I'll give Andy the benefit of the doubt and assume he didn't falsify the report himself but simply passed on what was reported to him.

To the Editor:

The following deal appeared in Andy Robson’s column in Country Life magazine. Andy complimented declarer for playing “with pinpoint accuracy,” but he failed to point out that the defense had an interesting counter.

 

West
1098
98
J932
KJ83
North
J7
KQJ10
8754
Q106
East
54
A654
K106
9754
South
AKQ632
732
AQ
A2
W
N
E
S
2
P
3NT
P
6
P
P
P
D
6 South
NS: 0 EW: 0
 

West led the spade ten. Declarer won with his queen and led a spade to dummy to take the diamond finesse. When it succeeded, he drew the last trump and cashed the diamond ace. He now led a heart to dummy. East ducked perforce. Declarer ruffed a diamond and led a second heart. East ducked again. Declarer ruffed the last diamond. West was now out of red cards, so declarer played ace and a club. West had to concede a trick to the club queen, allowing declarer to pitch his last heart.

Nicely done, but an alert defense could have prevailed. When declarer cashed the third round of spades, the defense should have required declarer to play a card from dummy.

Phillip Martin

Scarsdale, NY

 

 

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