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Expert-like Defence

Monday, March 20, 2017
By Anant Bhagwat

Mrs. Roma Mehta is a comparatively new comer to the Bridge tournament circuit in Mumbai, playing for about 5 years. This hand she defended in a local tournament.
                S- K 2
                H- K 9 4 
                D- K 10 4 3 2
                C- 10 8 4        
S- 9 5 4                    S- Q 10 8 7 3    
H- 10 7 6 5 3           H- J 2    
D- A 8 5                    D- J 7 6    
C- A 2                       C- J 9 6
               S- A J 6            
               H- A Q 8            
              D- Q 9            
             C- K Q 7 5 3

South opened 1 club (Strong) & reached 3 no trump, a reasonable contract. Roma led the 5 of hearts.

Declarer won the opening lead in dummy, (on which east unblocked the Jack), in order to play a small diamond towards her Queen, which Roma smoothly ducked. The declarer fell for it. She swallowed it hook line & stinker. She then ran the 9 of diamonds to east’s Jack. East promptly returned the 2 of hearts. Winning in hand south played a small spade to King & backed the 3rd diamond.

Roma now won & fired back the 3 rd heart to set up her suit. As the cards lay the declarer had no chance now. When she played the club King from hand Roma went up with the Ace & cashed the hearts. A club return ensured that the contract went 2 down, giving the defenders a clean top.

No doubt the declarer played the hand down yet it does not detract Roma’s duck of the Diamond Queen to hoodwink the declarer.          

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