Join Bridge Winners
Move Like Wirgren
(Page of 3)

Playing against world class opponents, you end up defending in the following setup:

East
Q5
AJ53
932
K1042
South
A8
Q86
AKQJ54
J5
W
N
E
S
P
1
1
P
P
2
P
P
X
P
3
P
P
P

Your opening is artificial strong and partner's pass shows either 0-6 or penalty pass of spades. Your hand suggests that partner is weak; even if partner holds the spade stack, EW probably have some landing place in one of the rounded suits. So you balance with 2 and the opponents fight back and land in 3.

Your partner leads 6 and you with with the K West following with 8. You follow with Q showing mild preference and declarer discards 4 (7 from partner). You continue with A and 7 from West. What now?

East
Q5
AJ53
K1042
South
A8
Q86
J54
J5
W
N
E
S
P
1
1
P
P
2
P
P
X
P
3
P
P
P

Having cashed 3 top diamonds, you are now facing the above. What do we know?

First of all, partner holds KTx of hearts, because declarer wouldn't have discarded hearts from Txx or from any 4 card holding. Partner doesn't hold K, because he wouldn't have passed 2 with that.

If partner holds Qxx the contract goes down unless you lead a club. What if partner holds only Jxxx? You hold the J, which prevents declarer from taking two spade ruffs unless he draws two rounds of trumps first. As your J is only doubleton, that plan would work.

Bridge World recently published an article set by Swedish star Anders Wirgren about ruffing games. You have studied the articles and the set contained multiple examples that against 4-4 trumps a useless ruff and discard is often the right defence. One more check: one spade discard is useless and declarer has already taken his heart discards so the ruff and discard is really useless for the declarer.

You make the Wirgren move by continuing with J. Declarer discards a spade from hand and ruffs in dummy (partner discards 2). Q follows and you win with the A. So far the diamond plays have worked fine, so you continue with the 5th diamond. Declarer discards a spade again from hand (T from partner) and ruffs in dummy.

Declarer runs his trumps but partner keeps the J and takes the setting trick on trick 13.

West
K10932
974
8
AQ63
North
J764
K102
1076
987
East
Q5
AJ53
932
K1042
South
A8
Q86
AKQJ54
J5
W
N
E
S
P
1
1
P
P
2
P
P
X
P
3
P
P
P
D
3 West
NS: 0 EW: 0

Time for recap. You set the hand and that feels great. You win 4 IMPs against 3 -1 at the other table. There were probably a bunch of kibitzers (even though the majority of them were at the other table) to see your attacking defence.

However, the unerring GIB tells you that all that was moot. At the end of the day, it was all about finding the J. If declarer had entered his hand and passed the T, he would have made the contract. When he didn't he went down.

Maybe next time...

4 Comments
Getting Comments... loading...
.

Bottom Home Top