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Merrimac Coup

West
Q1096
Q10
K987
A54
North
A
842
A653
98763
East
8753
AJ65
J42
J2
South
KJ42
K973
Q10
KQ10
W
N
E
S
1NT
P
2
X
2
3
P
3NT
P
P
P
D
3NT South
NS: 0 EW: 0

It's not often you see the Merrimac Coup executed at the table. It happened Saturday morning in a practice match between the women from The Netherlands and Norway. Our hero is Norwegian Marianne Harding.

After a competitive auction, South arrived in 3NT and Harding led the ten of spades to dummy's ace, with East discouraging. Next came a club to the 10, ducked by Harding. She won the next club with the ace and paused.

A spade continuation or a low diamond would give the contract, a heart switch would take it one down, but Harding found something far prettier: the king of diamonds! It gave declarer an extra diamond trick, but more importantly it killed the entry to dummy's clubs, and the contract went two down.

Very well done to Marianne Harding. I think it's worth a write-up for the IBPA bulletin and perhaps a nomination for the best defence of the year.

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