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The Right Plays at the Wrong Times

Twice last night I found a play that was too clever by half.

West
Q
K873
KJ107
KJ64
North
94
J96
Q543
10832
East
K875
A1054
982
A9
South
AJ10632
Q2
A6
Q75
W
N
E
S
1
P
1
1
2
P
4
P
P
P
D
4
4 East
NS: 0 EW: 0
What do you lead?
6
10
3
2
0
0
1
+AARGH I should have cashed SA first and pard would have gone right... On any other lead (except SA) declarer should always make at least 10 tricks. SA followed by D6 might have fooled declarer (it shouldn't) but wouldn't have fooled pard.
2

West
A9863
KJ
A87
K106
North
QJ
109852
K
Q9872
East
K104
AQ764
QJ
543
South
752
3
10965432
AJ
W
N
E
S
1
P
1
P
2
P
4
P
P
P
D
10
4 West
NS: 0 EW: 0
Double dummy, declarer can make 12 tricks with careful play.
2
3
A
6
3
1
0
J
K
7
4
0
1
1
+North doesn't know who has the last club, but it is the T...
3
J
K
2
2
1
2
J
2
7
K
1
2
2
+She can afford to lead a small club, to make sure I ruff, to get her diamond ruff.
Q
5
+But, she didn't think about it carefully enough I knew from the 3rd or 5th best lead that it was safe to ruff and give her a diamond ruff for down one. SInce declarer hadn't drawn trumps, she had at most five spades, three clubs, two hearts (no heart raise) so at least three diamonds, leaving partner a singleton.
Q
5
5
10
3
3
2
3
8
Q
Q
1
4
2
2
4
3
J
0
4
3
A
+That's the problem with playing with your wife. I KNEW she wanted a diamond ruff. I HAD to give her a diamond ruff. SO I did. And she apologized for playing CQ instead of making it easy by playing a (safe) small club for me to ruff. She told me I'm a genius for ruffing and giving her a ruff for the setting trick. Yay Of course, if I had made the obvious heart pitch we would have set it two more tricks...
9 tricks claimed
E/W -100
10

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