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Subject: Re: On Defense... Date: 9/11/2012 11:28 AM
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Everybody,

Reproducing the scenario for convenience, here's the auction.



North East South West
1S 2C Pass
2H 2S 3C Pass
Pass Pass


The scenario is as follows.


Dealer: East
Vulnerable: East-West
Contract: 3C by South
Opening Lead: 9 of Spades

North
S: Q 8 2
H: A 8 7 4
D: K 9 8 4
C: K 6

East
S: A K J 5 4 3
H: K 5 2
D: A
C: J 5 4


The declarer called for the deuce of spades from dummy, so I played the jack and declarer followed suit with the six. I then led the king of spades, on which declarer followed suit with the seven, east sluffed the three of diamonds, and dummy followed suit with eight.

Here's where this hand gets interesting. Many players undoubtedly would cash the ace of spades and later take the ace of diamonds, but there is a better line of play. Seeing the possiblilty of a diamond ruff for the setting trick, I first cashed the ace of diamonds (both clearing the suit and signaling my partner to lead the suit back to me), on which the declarer, my partner, and the dummy respectively followed suit with the deuce, the six, and the four, then played a low spade for my partner to ruff, felling declarer's ten and dummy's queen. My partner dutifully ruffed with the deuce and led ten of diamonds, which I ruffed with the four for the setting trick.

Here is the full deal.


Dealer: East
Vulnerable: East-West

North
S: Q 8 2
H: A 8 7 4
D: K 9 8 4
C: K 6

West East
S: 9 S: A K J 5 4 3
H: Q J 10 9 3 H: K 5 2
D: J 10 6 3 D: A
c: 9 8 2 C: J 5 4

South
S: 10 7 6
H: 6
D: Q 7 5 2
C: A Q 10 7 3


In the actual deal, East subsequently took a heart trick as a result of a misplay by the declaerer. The set of two tricks was a clear top, but a set of one trick would have been a good result.

Obviously, one also can debate the merits of South's bidding. Eight HCP seems a bit light for an overcall at the "two level" and the subsequent rebid with only five cards in the suit seems even more dubious.

Norm.
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