Dorothy, you’re not in Kansas anymore

Hi all

Despite of my lousy play yesterday (minus 25 imp), I have a nice gem. Though it’s mostly declarer’s error, René and I gave declarer all the room he needed to go wrong. RHO opens a strong 1NT and everybody is silent.

You lead a heart (3rd – 5th) from:

West
JT
K9876
A62
A74

Dummy puts down a collection of garbage, including a stiff Ten of .

South Dealer
All Vul
North
763
T
JT954
Q962
West
JT
K9876
A62
A74
East
98542
AQ4
Q7
T83
South
AKQ
J532
K83
KJ5

We start with five rounds of (declarer throws a ), taking René’s signals into account I exit with the Jack of . Declarer tries the King and Jack of , but I duck both. A small to dummy is for René’s Queen and again a for declarer. He could have cashed out for down two now, but he exited with a small for my Ace.

South Dealer
All Vul
North
Q9
West
2
A
East
5
T
South
K
K

With a bang I smack down the Ace of . It’s a complete guess for declarer which King to hold on to. After some thought (or could it have been a prayer?) he discards the King of . With a merciless grin I put down the smallest in the pack for down three. Vulnerable. Yummie!

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