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The following hand (Round Robin 19, Board 1) arose during the 43rd World Bridge Teams Championships (LYON, FRANCE, 12-26 August 2017).

West
7
KQ9752
AQ8765

In a D'ORSI TROPHY match (USA2 Vs FRANCE), West played 7 after this bidding:

W
N
E
S
P
1
P
2
2NT
4
5
6
P
6
P
7
P
P
P

When you bid 7, a gorgeous woman with green eyes sits down near you: "Hi, I am Jessica. May I kibbitz?". Hypnotized, you eventually answer "YESSSS". She’s smiling and her long blonde hair brushes your face. The bidding seems to have amused her.

You come back to earth with a bump. The lead (10) and the dummy are now visible to all. It’s a rough landing: This 7 is too optimistic!

Roger Rabbit
7
KQ9752
AQ8765
Judge Doom
10
Eddie Valiant
AQ10964
A1064
J86
Weasel
W
N
E
S
P
1
P
2
2NT
4
5
6
P
6
P
7
P
P
P
D
7 West
NS: 0 EW: 0
10
6
A
2
0
0
1
K
8
4
3
0
0
2
5
2
A
J
2
0
3
3

Faced with this difficult task, you feel really down. You turn around. Your goddess is always there, inspecting the dummy and your hand. Then your eyes meet and she encourages you to play with a wink.

You ruff South's A. Then you capture the opponents' trumps in 2 rounds, to avoid any later overuff in (By North) or in (By South). North had a singleton trump.

 

How would you play?

Roger Rabbit
7
KQ9752
AQ8765
Judge Doom
8
102
Eddie Valiant
AQ10964
A1064
J86
Weasel
J3
A
W
N
E
S
P
1
P
2
2NT
4
5
6
P
6
P
7
P
P
P
D
7 West
NS: 0 EW: 0
10
6
A
2
0
0
1
K
8
4
3
0
0
2
5
2
A
J
2
0
3
A
2
7
3
2
0
4
Q
K
7
3
0
0
5
A
2
8
10
0
0
6
Q
K
6
J
2
0
7
J
5
9
4
0
0
8
8
3
4
7
0
0
9
7
4
6
5
0
0
10
6
9
10
8
2
0
11
10
J
Q
9
0
0
12
5
Q
9
K
0
0
13
13 tricks claimed
E/W +1510
13

This lead of the 10 suggests AK or AQ with South. North, holding only the K or Q, would have the K for his sandwich overcall (2NT for the minors): With this poor two-suiter, his hand would be 1156 rather than 2155 (South would correspondingly be 5224 rather than 4225).

 

With eight trump tricks (six in hand and two ’s ruffs in dummy), you need FIVE more tricks elsewhere: EITHER A and four ’s OR A and four ’s.

 To set up East's ’s with two ruffs:

1/ If opponents' 's are 51 (highly plausible): You must find a stiff K, J or 8 in the North hand, and play A, then the Q as a ruffing finesse (to force the King).

2/ If opponents' 's are 42: You must find K 4th in the South hand (The King will be more often 4th in South than 2nd in North), and to play A, then the Q as a ruffing finesse (to force the King).

To set up your ’s with two ruffs:

You need to find two cards above the 8 with South (JT, J9 or T9): Again you have to play A, then the Q as a ruffing finesse (to force the King).

 

To maximize your chances, you play AQ at first (ruffing the King), then AQ (again ruffing the King): When T and J fall, you’re home.

Your fair lady purrs with satisfaction. When she gets up, she congratulates you with a mischievous smile: "Well done, the luck was really by your side" says Jessica LUCK.

The full hand was:

Roger Rabbit
7
KQ9752
AQ8765
Judge Doom
3
8
K9432
Q109432
Eddie Valiant
AQ10964
A1064
J86
Weasel
KJ852
J3
J10
AK75
W
N
E
S
P
1
P
2
2NT
4
5
6
P
6
P
7
P
P
P
D
7 West
NS: 0 EW: 0
10
6
A
2
0
0
1
K
8
4
3
0
0
2
5
2
A
J
2
0
3
A
2
7
3
2
0
4
Q
K
7
3
0
0
5
A
2
8
10
0
0
6
Q
K
6
J
2
0
7
J
5
9
4
0
0
8
8
3
4
7
0
0
9
7
4
6
5
0
0
10
6
9
10
8
2
0
11
10
J
Q
9
0
0
12
5
Q
9
K
0
0
13
13 tricks claimed
E/W +1510
13

7 was possible (You can follow the play on the diagram, by clicking on Next): The bidding (2NT by North) and the lead (10) helped West to find the solution.

 

However reality was not so pleasant: 7-3 for FRANCE at this table, and 7-2 for USA2 at the other (Click here and select board 1).

In the Round Robin 19, this board 1 was played 66 times during the 43rd World Bridge Teams Championships (LYON, FRANCE, 12-26 August 2017).

7 was played 3 times out of 22 in the BERMUDA BOWL (BB), twice in the VENICE CUP (VC) and 9 times in the D'ORSI TROPHY (OT): No-one was successful (results ranged from minus 1 to minus 3).

In BB, 6 was played 15 times: There were TWO 6+1 (Leads: 3, Q), nine 6=, three 6-1 and one 6-2.

In VC, 6 was played 13 times: There were ONE 6+1 (Lead: 2), six 6=, two 6-1, two 6-2 and two 6-3.

In OT, 6 was played 4 times: All made exactly.

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