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Bridge in Paradise: by Neil Robinson

This hand from the Brighton Pairs in England was reported by Andrew Robson. It illustrates his Bols Bridge Tip: “Play a preemptor who leads his suit for a singleton trump”. The rationale behind the tip is that a preemptor probably has a singleton somewhere. This singleton will be the likely choice of lead, unless it is a trump. Bernard Telscher was sitting South and made full use of this knowledge. Neither side were vulnerable and West dealt.

The (very aggressive) bidding is shown above. West led the ten of hearts to the six spade contract. Declarer won the ace on board and cashed the ace of trumps, thereby pulling West’s trump. Since he was bound to lose a trick to the trump king, he had to avoid a heart loser. Consequently he played clubs, crossing to the ace, back to the king and then ruffing a third club, in the process bringing down East’s queen. He cashed the ace of diamonds and ruffed a diamond on board. Now, a good club from board put East in a dilemma. Ruff with the king and declarer throws his losing heart. Consequently, he ruffed low. Declarer over ruffed and trumped another diamond on board, then led another club. East ruffed with the king, but now declarer threw his losing heart. East led the king of hearts, which declarer trumped and then crossruffed the hand to make the contract. He won five trump tricks, the ace of hearts, the ace of diamonds, three diamond ruffs on board and two clubs. The only loser was the king of trumps—and all because he played for that singleton trump in West’s hand.
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Bridge in Paradise