Last weak I experienced a lucky streak, both on the financial and job front. Friends in The Netherlands contacted me whether I was interested in doing some remote database administration. Hell yeah! Even the difference in time zone is convenient, as I will perform all tasks in their off hours.
Remember Washington? I was sitting South and I led my King of after the following auction:
1. A bit horny
This is what I could see.
Declarer took the in dummy and played a to his Ten for my Queen. I continued another via Dennis’ Jack for declarer’s Queen. Next he took a finesse in , Dennis winning the Queen. Another that declarer won with the Ten (nice suit, Dennis!). Now he crossed to the Ace of and asked for the Ace of , pitching a himself.
When the King didn’t come down declarer shook his head and frantically looked for a way out. But Dennis alertly rose with the Ace on the from dummy and cashed out his and the King of , squeezing declarer in & in the process. Down four.
This was the full deal:
3NT is of course a very ambitious contract, but declarer could have overcome the lack of entries to the long . Take the lead, play a to the King, finesse in and take the continuation… And now the masterplay: the 4 of to the Ten, creating an extra entry. I’m fairly sure I don’t have enough Pabis Ticci in me to find the killing insertion of the King.