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Fist-Pumping Declarers
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Playing the Harrogate (north Yorkshire) Swiss Pairs we came to our last match with hope the final casualty. 

North
KJ84
K
32
J109742
East
Q1095
10
J109864
53
W
N
E
S
1
1
X
P
2
2
3
P
3NT
P
P
P

I listened to the following auction as partner led the S2. Dummy inserted the SJ which I won with SQ, declarer following with S7.

North-South were playing a strong NT and 5-card majors with the diamond opener promising 4 Cards.

The whole hand is clear to East at trick one. 

South's shape is clearly marked: 4-4-4-1 and partner must be 4-7-1-1. It's MP scoring so taking our tricks is essential.

I returned a spade to establish my additional spade trick. Partner took his ace and exited with a spade to dummy's King.

 

Declarer now played the CJ off dummy and thought a little while before rising with the ace, celebrating his success with a "yes" and a clenched fist as the King toppled from partner. Not my favourite table behaviour - an ironic "you're the man" might have jolted him into an awareness of his inappropriate behaviour. In the ending I kept stoically onto my four diamonds and let go the 9 then 10 of spades quite early. Declarer failed to notice his S8 was a winner and so he emerged with 10 tricks for 61 mps out of 98 as opposed to 76 mps for 11 tricks. I took a degree of pleasure in doing something I would never normally do: I pointed out that the spade in dummy was a winner as I was squeezed on the run of the clubs.

This was the full hand (43 from the final session):

West
A632
AQ86432
5
K
North
KJ84
K
32
J109742
East
Q1095
10
J109864
53
South
7
J975
AKQ7
AQ86
W
N
E
S
1
1
X
P
2
2
3
P
3NT
P
P
P
D
3NT South
NS: 0 EW: 0

On reflection the contract has a much greater chance of going down if West cashes out his heart tricks before exiting with a spade. Declarer is then far more likely to take the club finesse and end up down two. I was wondering whether I can help my partner towards this end by leading hearts back. We can of course do more in the bidding and this will likely push them into clubs at the 4 or 5 level.

Hand 40 

West
KJ7632
K8
AKQ2
K
North
AQ94
A62
103
9843
East
1085
7543
J87
J105
South
QJ109
9654
AQ762
W
N
E
S
1
P
P
X
2
P
P
X
P
P
P
D
2X West
NS: 0 EW: 0

As North I had to choose between leaving the double in and finding a bid (2NT or 3C) - I went for the penalty and led D10.

Declarer won with DJ and played a trump to SJ and SQ. I continued diamonds, won another spade with SA and put partner in with CA. And the contract was headed for one down...

Looking at the hand afterwards I see from Deep Finesse that 2S is always cold for 8 tricks by West but not by East. 

Can you spot the winning line? (answer on next page)

West
KJ7632
K8
AKQ2
K
North
AQ94
A62
103
9843
East
1085
7543
J87
J105
South
QJ109
9654
AQ762
W
N
E
S
1
P
P
X
2
P
P
X
P
P
P
D
2X West
NS: 0 EW: 0

Declarer needs to play KC at trick 2 - a scissors coup of sorts. Now the defence can not get their diamond ruff and their two heart tricks, provided declarer does not cover the HQ with HK.

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