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One of the most wonderful things about bridge is that, occasionally, you get to test yourself against some of the very best.

Single session Swiss at the Eugene, OR Regional. Match 1, board 1, you're defending against 4. South is one of the top 10 all time master point winners. (Hands and bidding approximate; I'm doing this from memory two days later. Hands rotated.)

West
North
543
653
76
AKQ109
East
8762
AQ4
A9432
8
South
W
N
E
S
P
P
1
P
2
P
4
P
P
P
D
4 South
NS: 0 EW: 0
J
3
8
Q
3
1
0
5
2
A
8
1
2
0
3
3

Partner leads the J (Jack denies), won by declarer with the Q. A club to the board and a heart comes back. Do you win? If you do, what do you lead next?

West
J109
72
K1085
J432
North
543
653
76
AKQ109
East
8762
AQ4
A9432
8
South
AKQ
KJ1098
QJ
765
W
N
E
S
P
P
1
P
2
P
4
P
P
P
D
4 South
NS: 0 EW: 0
J
3
8
Q
3
1
0
5
2
A
8
1
2
0
3
A
8
2
2
2
1
7
A
10
4
3
3
1
6
3
K
4
2
3
2
A
J
5
6
2
3
3
2
Q
K
7
0
3
4
4
10
Q
8

I went up with the A and thought about how to reach partner for a club ruff...and then realized I didn't need to. I exited in spades. Declarer led a club for me to ruff.

Now it's time to get to partner for another ruff. I led the A (a low might have been better in case partner held Q). Partner encouraged (udca). Diamond to the K and another club ruff meant down 2.

It sure felt good to write down +200. We lost the match, but only by 4, not bad when a single opponent has 25 times the masterpoints of our entire team!

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