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Gold Coast Teams -- a problem on defense
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Full Bulletins can be found on the ABF Gold Coast site.

https://www.qldbridge.com.au/gcc/results2020.php

But this hand offered some interesting play.

North
K642
642
K10
Q984
East
5
7
986543
AJ732
W
N
E
S
P
P
1
1
X
P
4
P
P
P

1 was 2+ cards and this auction is undefined as to what kind of strong hand.

Partner's J goes to dummy's king and you play a discouraging 9.

Michael Ware leads a low spade to the ace and the J run as you pitch a smallish diamond.

Declarer cashes A and Q...partner ruffs with 9 and dummy pitches a heart.

Back comes the Q. You pitch...

Are you happy with a low club? Declarer leads a low club from dummy to the king and returns a club; 10...8...over to you.

Make your decision and read on.

The full hand

West
Q973
AJ983
J2
106
North
K642
642
K10
Q984
East
5
7
986543
AJ732
South
AJ108
KQ105
AQ7
K5
D

If you let the 10 hold....BZZZZ. Thank you for playing we have some lovely parting gifts at the door.

You must overtake of course to take partner off the endplay, and it looks natural to play a heart. but when declarer plays the king West cannot win or he is endplayed. he ducks and now a second heart endplays him.You must play a diamond for the ruff sluff. Declarer ruffs in hand pitching a diamond from dummy and leads the K, Partner ducks and covers the next heart. Declarer ruffs -- and that is why you needed to pitch a club. if your last two cards are the A7 declarer scores a club in dummy.

As to who should succeed after trick one I will add the DD analysis later. Anyone wishing to add their own thoughts and save me the trouble is welcome -- or you can read the bulletin.

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