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Taking Their Tricks

Sheinwold said it's not enough to take your tricks, you need their tricks too.

West
KJ10
K873
1072
J84
North
74
Q5
AJ64
KQ532
East
AQ9832
A109
9
A96
South
65
J642
KQ853
107
W
N
E
S
1
1
X
2
3
X
3
4
P
P
P
D
4 East
NS: 0 EW: 0

South led DK and switched to CT. He did well, trying to help his partner avoid a throw-in, instead of helping declarer eliminate diamonds. Now declarer can claim 10 tricks, but is there any way to set the opponents a problem and take 11 tricks? Assume trumps break 2-2 and the negative doubler has four hearts.

Play a spade to dummy and ruff a diamond. Play another spade to dummy (trumps are out) and lead a club. If North plays his partner for CT9 and he plays CK he drops a trick, so he ducks, hesitantly. Now declarer can play HAK, ruff the last diamond, and exit a club. Now North has to give a ruff-sluff (or, preferably, duck the club and say "Lucky, lucky!".

 

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