Ironclad, The Clash Part 1

Hi all

Last Saturday twelve heroic fighters from Dombo fought an epic battle against the dirty dozen from Groningen (APIH) and a number of vile, unshaved villains from Amsterdam (US). Here’s a story starring Dennis and yours truly.

North
96
J652
Q85
KJ76

West
North
East
South
 
 
 
2NT
4
dbl1
pass
52
pass
???
 
 

1. (Moderate) values, pass would have been forcing anyway
2. Very offensive hand (nice!)

I chose to bid 6 and that was spot on, for this was the deal:

South Dealer
NS Vul
North
96
J652
Q85
KJ76
West
KQJ743
KQ98
T3
8
East
T852
T4
J64
T542
South
A
A73
AK972
AQ93

I took the lead, drew three rounds of trumps, ruffed a , cashed the Ace of and crossed to hand with the Queen to draw the last trump (safety measure against a 4-1 split). Claim in approximately 30 seconds losing only one trick in . It felt like a true coup de grĂ¢ce, but to my surprise they scored +1370 at the other table too.

This is a very clean example of the power of the 4-4 fit. In twelve tricks are available too (on a non lead), but that’s way too sweaty and ugly for me if I have a solid alternative.

3 thoughts on “Ironclad, The Clash Part 1

  1. No, actually I was thinking about a partial elimination. Take the spade lead, Ace of diamonds, diamond to the Queen and ruff a spade. Now remove West’s club and play a heart towards the Jack. If West rises, he’s thrown in, later you have to extract East’s third trump.

  2. As to 6 , I suppose you are referring to an endgame against West. With four cards to go you have still x, Jxx in dummy and A, Axx in hand, and West has to come down to a singleton . Now cash the Ace and play a up for the throw-in. A lead destroys this ending for obvious reasons, but a lead seems equally disastrous as West can now keep a winner…

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