This hand was played in a tournament in London and
reported by Andrew Robson. Imagine you are sitting West with this powerful
What do you bid now? Surely you double 6D—the opponents must be out of their
minds to bid a slam when you are holding all these high cards, including the
ace of trumps, both the ace and king of clubs and the king in declarer’s
second bid suit. At the table West doubled then led the ace of trumps to
have a look at dummy. At the second trick he switched to the ace of clubs,
which declarer, Kumiko Ishii, ruffed in hand. This was the full deal:
Declarer led a heart and finessed, playing the jack from
board. Then she cashed the ace of hearts, throwing a spade from hand, and
ruffed a heart, bringing down the king. Now she led a low trump over to the
nine on board. The 2-2 split in trumps allowed her to cash the remaining
three hearts on board, discarding all her losing spades. She then claimed
the doubled slam, winning six diamonds, five hearts and the ace of spades.
Who would believe that the West hand, with all those good cards, could only
take the ace of trumps! Of course, if West had only led a second trump after
the ace, removing the critical nine of diamonds as an entry to board before
the hearts had been set up, then things would have been very different...
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