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Gargoyle Chronicles - Event 3, Match 9, Board 5
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Board 5
Our side vulnerable


Phillip
J72
Q92
KJ107
Q97
Two passes to me. I pass, and LHO opens 1. RHO bids 2--natural, not Drury. LHO bids 2, and RHO corrects to 2, ending the auction. Partner leads the 3.


Marcin
954
A4
A3
J106532
Phillip
J72
Q92
KJ107
Q97
W
N
E
S
P
P
P
1
P
2
P
2
P
2
P
P
P

We lead lowest from an odd number, so partner has five spades, giving declarer AK or AQ doubleton. There is no reason for me to play the jack. If I play low, it will clarify the spade position for partner. I play the 2, and declarer wins the trick with the 6. Oops. What happened? I'm getting a feeling of deja vu. I expect to hear Lowenthal explain to me after the deal why it was necessary for him to lead low from KQ10xx.

Declarer plays the 2 to the A. Partner plays the 4, and I play the 7. Declarer leads a diamond off dummy. We are going to have a hard time beating this contract if we take only one diamond trick, as we will if I hop and establish declarer's queen. If I duck, perhaps declarer will duck also, hoping to ruff out Kxxin partner's hand. I play the 10. Declarer plays the Q; partner, the 6. Can we start this board over?

Declarer plays the 5, partner plays the 8, and declarer ruffs with the 4. I play the king, the card I'm known to hold. Declarer plays the 5--7--A--10. The ten is a curious card. I'm still not sure what's going on in the spade suit.

Declarer leads his last diamond. Partner, perhaps flustered by my play so far, ruffs with the 3. Declarer overruffs with the ace. Declarer leads the 9--J--Q--K. I see! Declarer is 4-5-4-0. That pattern didn't even occur to me. So it turns out my duck at trick one didn't cost. Luckily declarer had AQxx rather than AKxx.

Partner plays the A, and declarer ruffs with the 6. Declarer has a good spade and four hearts left. Declarer cashes the K and continues with the J, partner playing 5, 8. My Q is our last trick.Making five.


Jack
K103
853
864
AK84
Marcin
954
A4
A3
J106532
Phillip
J72
Q92
KJ107
Q97
Daniel
AQ86
KJ1076
Q952
D
5
Obviously I can save a trick by hopping with the K. I don't regret that play, however. Hopping is simply giving up. We can do better yet if partner avoids a spade lead. A spade from K10x does seem like an overly aggressive choice when the club suit isn't a threat. A trump makes more sense.

Our teammates also missed the cold game and also receivedpeccabledefense, so the board is a push. (The cold game, by the way, is fourspades: three hearts, a diamond, and six trumps on a crossruff.)

Table 1: -200
Table 2: +200

Result on Board 5: 0 IMPs

Total: +8 IMPs

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