Bad Split

Hi all

I’ll start with one of the biggest games last night. At my table the bidding was quick ‘n easy:

West
North
East
South
21
2NT
pass
7NT
a.p.

1. Weak with both Majors (I surely must have felt invulnerable)

East Dealer
EW Vul
North
A7
A832
AJ82
AK5
West
Q84
J7
T6543
984
East
T9653
T9654
T63
South
KJ2
KQ
KQ97
QJ72

Thirteen tricks from top.

At another table however, NS had an undisturbed auction involving minor suit ask and South ended up playing 7. I guess South must have felt sick when he saw the bad trump split. But don’t let your head down, all is not lost. Take the  lead in dummy and next the Ace of  (yuck!). Seek inner peace now to overcome the bad split. You will soon find out thirteen tricks are there to take if West holds three . Cash two more rounds of and ruff your third in dummy, leading to this position:

East Dealer
EW Vul
North
A832
J8
West
J7
T6543
East
.
unimportant
.
.
South
KQ
KQ9
J

Now clean out the rest of the garbage by taking your King and Queen of and play the thirteenth . West is caught between Scylla and Charybdis.

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