Cherry, part 1

Hi all

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
North
East
South
 
1
pass
1
2
2
pass
4
a.p.
 
 
 
North
AQ96
QJT42
QT7
K
South
T8732
K5
QJT952

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.

North Dealer
NS Vul
North
AQ96
QJT42
QT7
K
West
KJ5
AJ9842
A764
East
4
AK987653
63
83
South
T8732
K5
QJT952

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.

One thought on “Cherry, part 1

  1. As opposing team member holding the 8-card heart suit at the other table I would like to register a dissent. A “lesser” declarer made the contract by rejecting a safety play. And as my teammate noted he was closer to the truth: say, you take Ace and ruff a heart back (successfully). Now you play a trump. West goes up and plays another trump. Then later he simply ducks a club. Contract fails.

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