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A bad break yet Six Diamonds doubled made

 

Coastweek -- In the following hand Six Diamonds doubled was made - even with bad break.





     
DEALER:             WEST           BOTH SIDE         VULNERABLE                           BIDDING:


W E S T N O R T H E A S T S O U T H
FOUR CLUBS DOUBLE P A S S SIX DIAMONDS
P A S S P A S S DOUBLE P A S S
P A S S P A S S    
                                                   
                  N O R T H                    
                  K Q 8 5                        
                  A J 10 8 3                      
                  Q 7 4                          
                  2                              
                                                   
      W E S T   E A S T              
      10 4               J 3 2                  
      9 5 2             K Q 7 6 4              
      3                 A 9 8 6                
      K Q J 8 6 5 4 3   10                      
                                                   
                     S O U T H                          
                  A 9 7 6                        
                                                 
                  K J 10 5 3 2                    
                  A 9 7                          
                                                 
                                                 


 

West led the King of Clubs and Declarer won his Ace.

At trick Two he led the King of Diamonds and would have been in a very strong position if both opponents had followed.

But West discarded and East won his Ace and returned the Eight of Trumps.

Declarer won Dummy's Queen and crossed back to hand to draw East's remaining Trumps (discarding a Heart from Dummy).

He did not attempt to ruff a Club with Dummy's low Trump - the bidding suggested that East would overruff.

After drawing Trumps, Declarer crossed to Dummy's Queen of Spades and led the Knave of Hearts, East's double of the final contract was presumably based on more than his Trump.

Holding alone so Declarer was expecting something good in Hearts.

East covered the Knave with the Queen and Declarer ruffed.

He cashed the Ace of Spades and led Nine of Spades to the King, cashed the Ace of Hearts and led the Ten.

East covered with the King, Declarer ruffed and was delighted to see the Nine fall from West.

He crossed to Dummy's Eight of Spades and cashed the established Eight of Hearts.

Twelve tricks and Slam made.

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