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I haven’t posted for a while. Busy with work (understanding RF technology, testing & writing python code), holidays on Hawaii, friends and friends with babies.

Here’s a nice defence from Drew and me in San Francisco. With gentle hand we set declarer in 2NT (weak NT – Invite – No thanks). Let’s look at Drew’s analysis at the table:

North
QT6
Q76
A94
A854
 
East
KJ7
K42
QJ32
J96

Drew sees me leading the 3 (3rd – 5th). He inserts the Jack and it wins the trick. So he knows instantly that I have led from KQ32. That leaves Declarer with T7. So returning the 9 is expensive, because of the 8 in dummy. The 6 hits the table via the Ten, Queen and Ace.

Declarer played a to his Jack and a to dummy’s Ten for Drew’s Jack. After cashing the 9 Drew found himself cornered. Declarer can be counted out perfectly: Ace, AJ and the King. So switching to a Major will solve declarer’s problem immediately. And even is not without danger if declarer holds the Ten. So Drew played me for that card, and returned a small via my Ten to dummy’s Ace.

Declarer could have shined now by endplaying Drew with two more rounds of , but he chose to set up his 13th . When the smoke cleared we pocketed two tricks in both black suits and one in each red suit.

East Dealer
– Vul
North
QT6
Q76
A94
A854
West
942
T98
T65
KQ32
East
KJ7
K42
QJ32
J96
South
A853
AJ53
K87
T7

Deep finesse says that South should be able to clear 8 tricks in NT … Well, you need to take the second , take a finesse and then endplay East with three rounds of . East can take another and a 13th , but then has to lead away from one of his Major suit Kings. In that suit you can endplay East again to lead away from the other King.

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