Restrained

Hi all

Here’s a fine hand from Dombo a couple of weeks ago. Hoek opened 1 and I couldn’t be restrained until I had parked myself in a pairs 6NT. West led a small .

North
QJT965
T2
A6
KT8

South
AK
AQ854
KJ93
A6

 
As you can see 6 is laydown, and even 7 has good play (combined chances of ruffing out the Queen or a finesse). But how to scramble together twelve tricks in NT? And the communication to and fro isn’t really a walk in the park as well.

The 8 is covered with the 9 (by Dennis) for my Ace. I unblock my Ace and King and cross to dummy in . On the run of I have to choose wich suit to keep, either or . The latter I decide.

North
T2
6
KT

South
A
KJ9
6

It comes down to the finesse. If that would fail, then I still can hope for the appearance of the Ten of . I would estimate these odds to be around 70%, the opponents have had some difficult discards as well on the run of , and I believe they have all their guards still intact.

My Jack proves to be a trick. I’m home.

But wait, things get better when I cash my King. West gets a little sweaty and throws a . Let’s take a look at East when I put some pressure on him with my Ace of .

North Dealer
NS Vul
North
QJT965
T2
A6
KT8
West
73
KJ73
874
J742
East
842
96
QT52
Q953
South
AK
AQ854
KJ93
A6

I have to admit, I didn’t expect a double squeeze with the as pivot suit to materialize. But it did.

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