posted September 2011
Newmoon's Sunday Tourneys, 4-Sep-2011, IMPs
Follow the play closely -Bd: 10 Dlr: East Vul: Both North S 106 H QJ97 D KQ874 C 83 West East S KJ9753 S A H A3 H K852 D 10 D AJ9653 C AKQ7 C 102 South S Q842 H 1064 D 2 C J9654 West North East South aliuyma nicolap sonat 3 larryc7 1D Pass 1S Pass 2D Pass 3C Pass 3D Pass 6NT Pass Pass Pass Trick 1: HQ H2 H4 HA Trick 2: S3 S6 SA S2 Trick 3: C2 C5 CQ C3 Trick 4: SK ST D3 S4 Trick 5: S9 D4 H5 SQ Trick 6: HT H3 HJ HK Trick 7: CT CJ CK C8 Trick 8: SJ D7 D5 S8 Trick 9: S7 D8 D6 H6 Trick 10: S5 H7 D9 D2 Trick 11: CA DQ H8 C4 Trick 12: DT DK DA C6 Trick 13: DJ C9 C7 H9 12 Tricks Claimed +1440.
Only a heart lead beats this - and North found it!
However, this ending materialised:
North S - H 9 D KQ C - West East S - S - H - H 8 D 10 D AJ C A7 C - South S - H - D - C 964
North was hopelessly squeezed when the A was cashed. Well played, declarer! +1440
QUIZ: Where did the defense go wrong?
Have a look at trick 6: South played his 10. This effectively "transfered the menace" to North, and North got very busy indeed looking after dummy's 8 as well as the diamonds.
If South played a small heart instead, chalk up -1.
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!