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How to torture a bridge partner
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South
Q5
J843
10832
932
W
N
E
S
1
X
3
P
3
P
4
P
P
P

 

You're dealt your usual rubbish. 3D apparently showed shortage, and then he accepted his own invitation because 3S "showed seven losers". No, I don't believe it either, but the play's the thing.

East
KJ84
Q752
5
A754
South
Q5
J843
10832
932
W
N
E
S
1
X
3
P
3
P
4
P
P
P

 

Your partner leads the spade ace (thanks, partner!) and continues with the deuce. Declarer thinks this over for a while, and to your amazement, finesses, so you're in with the queen.

 

 

Now, a diamond return will neither cost a trick nor achieve anything, but something persuaded me that the C9 made a club shift dangerous. (I've managed to construct a hand where the club shift can cost the contract, but it's far-fetched and not nearly as likely as the hands on which I need to set up a club trick before it goes on the hearts.)

Anyway, I returned a diamond. It's not likely to cost, after all. Little did I know.

East
KJ84
Q752
5
A754
South
Q5
J843
10832
932
W
N
E
S
1
X
3
P
3
P
4
P
P
P

 

Declarer wins his ace, my partner probably inwardly fuming as I didn't make the obvious club shift. Now ace and a heart. Partner wins his king and exits with a heart, which looks safe. It wasn't.

 

Declarer wins the heart queen, gleefully discarding his losing club, and leads the fourth heart, ruffing.

West
109763
A9
AJ74
Q6
North
A2
K106
KQ96
KJ108
East
KJ84
Q752
5
A754
South
Q5
J843
10832
932
D

 

On this trick, North is squeezed. If he discards a diamond, declarer ruffs a diamond next and the DJ is established. If he discards a club, declarer can play ace and a club and the long club will be established.

 

Sure, partner could have broken up this end position by exiting with a top diamond after the HK, but really, who saw this beautiful end-position coming?

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