Trifolium

Hi all

Thanksgiving weekend is close, and I’m looking forward to it. I can use the extra days off, I’ve been swamped with work. Even in my sleep I’m clicking through wizards and windows setting up projects for my company’s latest client. But I have been feeling valuable, so that’s a good thing.

This deal is from a sectional in El Cerrito. I was playing with Andrew Gumperz. After the following auction I got to declare 3NT.

West
North
East
South
 
 
 
1
1
2
pass
3
pass
3
pass
3NT
a.p
 
 
 
North
J4
AQJT3
QJ95
Q5
South
K962
7
AKT764
J3

I see West leading the Ten of . Right, they didn’t need much time to find my weak spot. But to my surprise the trick runs to my Jack. I doesn’t hurt to rattle of six , and I see West discarding three small and two . East followed suit twice, and then rid himself of two , a and a .

Well, that finesse surely isn’t going to work now. I decide to exit in , maybe some endplay will develop. West won that one with the King and thoughtlessly continued a for his partner’s Ace. On the stream of Trifolium marked cards I have just enough consciousness to retain the AQ in dummy.

The magic has happened. Badaboom! East is endplayed, and has to surrender two tricks to the Ace – Queen.

South Dealer
EW Vul
North
J4
AQJT3
QJ95
Q5
West
AQT873
952
3
KT9
East
5
K864
82
A87642
South
K962
7
AKT764
J3

Maybe West should have cashed his Ace somewhere along the defensive line. Perhaps East could have kept a to keep communications intact. There are some learning opportunities here.

I lost my cool, embarrassingly. I was just staring at the cards on the table, full of disbelief and wonder. Really? Really? Did I actually score up 9 tricks?

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