Join Bridge Winners
Cheating the Fate
(Page of 3)

At the end of a barometer tournament, your greatest ambition is to get back home. However, your opponents are still in the run. With RHO the dealer and all vulnerable you pick up the following modest collection and watch the auction get high pretty fast:

West
J874
J9842
105
32
W
N
E
S
3NT
P
7NT
P
P
P

As North might be shooting and might hope for some key quack in partner's hand, you don't want to lead a major into a possible QT. You decide to lead the 3 and this is what you see:

West
J874
J9842
105
32
North
A63
AKQ5
J832
A7
W
N
E
S
3NT
P
7NT
P
P
P

Declarer thinks for a while. You do the same. Dummy's ace wins, partner follows with the 6 and declarer with 4. Is there anything you can do to cheat the fate?

 

If you have made up your mind, you can skip to the next page.

West
J874
J9842
105
2
North
A63
AKQ5
J832
7
W
N
E
S
3NT
P
7NT
P
P
P

Declarer continues with J, A and K of diamonds; partner discards T, Q and 9. Next comes 3 rounds of hearts, partner discarding Q and declarer the 2 for the following:

West
J87
J9
2
North
A63
5
8
7
W
N
E
S
3NT
P
7NT
P
P
P

At this point declarer runs the diamonds (four rounds more).

West
J87
J9
2
North
A63
5
8
7
W
N
E
S
3NT
P
7NT
P
P
P

When the dummy appeared, you were able to count declarer's tricks: 7 diamond tricks, 3 heart tricks and 2 black aces. Partner must have the black kings; declarer has denied them with the opening and either would be his 13th trick. With the 4th heart sitting behind you, declarer has a perfect double squeeze with spades as the pivot suit, assuming he has a club in his hand. If the declarer started with a singleton club, your partner can beat the hand by watching dummy's discards.

If the declarer has a club left, you need to hope that the club is the 5 and the declarer missed your partner's first round spot. You must keep your club "guard" and let partner protect the spades (with the heart menace behind you, you are never able to keep spades). Partner will do his part and discard his clubs in very random order; then the double squeeze ending will look like:

 

West
J
2
North
A6
East
K10
South
9
5
D

If you are lucky, instead of counting the non-deuces, declarer has counted only the clubs and knows that one of them is out.

Note that your first discard on the 3rd diamond should have been a spade, to give impression of 5-5-2-1. 

West
J874
J9842
105
32
North
A63
AKQ5
J832
A7
East
KQ105
106
KQJ10986
South
92
73
AKQ9764
54
W
N
E
S
3NT
P
7NT
P
P
P
D
7NT South
NS: 0 EW: 0

Inspired by two similar hands where a low card was led from a high (enough) doubleton.

5 Comments
Getting Comments... loading...
.

Bottom Home Top