This hand from the recent Italian Games gives rise to a lovely double-dummy problem in room 2.
Room 1: West North East South INTONTI VINCI D'AVOSS HUGONY 2S Pass Pass Pass * making 8 tricks *Room 2: West North East South FERRARO ZALESKI SEMENTA GIUBILO 2S Pass Pass 3H Pass 3S Pass 3NT Pass 4H Pass Pass Pass Trick 1: C6 C2 CJ C9 Trick 2: C3 CT H5 C4 Trick 3: D5 DA D7 D4 Trick 4: HA H8 H7 H6 Trick 5: H3 HQ HK S3
Room 2: After 5 tricks, these cards remain -
You have lost 2 tricks. Please take over the North seat.
QUIZ: Hearts are trumps.
North to play and N-S to make 7 out of the 8 tricks.
We kibitzers were treated to a great thrill now. When the smoke cleared, we were all dumbstruck by the prowess of this declarer!
This is how declarer continued:Trick 6: SK S2 S4 S8 Trick 7: D6 D2 DT DJ Trick 8: CA HJ S6 C5 Trick 9: H2 D8 H4 D3 Trick 10: CQ CK H10 S9C8 being good now, declarer claimed 10 tricks. Another way to make 10 tricks is:Trick 6: S5 S2 SA S8 Trick 7: CQ CK HJ D2 Trick 8: D6 now
Whoever wins the diamond, is endplayed!
As early as trick 4, declarer realised the importance of keeping the entry of the 2 to dummy's 4. Brilliant!
The Newmoon Tourneys are run on Sunday's at South African time 20h25 and comprises of 15 predealt hands.
We alternate each week between MPs and IMPs. Hand records are available at the end.
They are free!