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Vienna-coup - at the table

West
Q42
83
764
J8765
North
K6
A752
K95
A1092
East
8
K10964
QJ1083
Q4
South
AJ109753
QJ
A2
K3
W
N
E
S
-
-
1
P
1NT
2
3
P
3NT
P
P
P
D
3NT North
NS: 0 EW: 0

East led the Q  taken by the Ace. J from dummy, and when both opponents followed with small cards, came off the table to the A (showman!), cashed the K, A, K - and now the spades. The progressive squeeze worked beautifully: West had to keep the J, so came down to one diamond in trick 11; now East had to keep her K, so had to drop her penultimate diamond. 13 tricks. The board was played at the South Florida December regional, A/X/Y pairs, at 18 tables. At 4 table slam was reached, 2 made, 2 went down, 13 table played in 4 spades, less then half of them making two overtricks, and 1 3N (yours truly)

After playing bridge for 65 years, this was the first occasion to deliberately play for  a Vienna-coup. 

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