Last Saturday we had our GNT semi-finals match against team Vishnevsky. They beat us by 27 imp. I don’t feel too bad about it, it was a good match. No excruciating blunders, as far as I can remember. The small sting I still feel is that the slams were not very friendly to us, but more on that later.
This deal was funny.
West started with Ace and another and the King won the trick.
South knew his safety plays, played a to dummy’s Ace and ruffed a intending to play a towards the Queen. But … the got overruffed with the Jack. Declarer was left with a trump loser and the Ace of so ended up one trick short.
South ran into the 0.16% odds that the suit broke 0-8. A lesser player would have taken the finesse and end up with ten tricks. But here the safety play detonated unexpectedly in declarer’s own face.