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Coast Bridge with C. P. Shah

 

A wrecked slam

 

Coastweek -- In the following hand Declarer missed a seemingly insignificant play, but in doing so wrecked his slam.





     
DEALER:          SOUTH         NEITHER-SIDE VULNERABLE             BIDDING::


S O U T H W E S T N O R T H E A S T
TWO SPADES P A S S THREE CLUBS P A S S
THREE SPADES P A S S FIVE SPADES P A S S
SIX SPADES P A S S P A S S P A S S
                                                   
                  N O R T H                
                  8 7                          
                  A Q J 10                      
                  5 4 3                        
                  K Q 4 2                      
                                                   
          W E S T    E A S T              
        5             6 4 3 2              
        K 6 5 4 3 2   9 8 7                
        J 7           K 9 8 6              
        10 8 7 3       A 9                  
                                                   
                  S O U T H              
                  A K Q J 10 9                    
                                                 
                  A Q 10 2                        
                  J 6 5                          
                                                 
                                                 


West led the Four of Hearts and Declarer played Dummy's Ten.

Discarding a Diamond.

He drew Trumps in four rounds.

West discarding Three Hearts and Dummy Two Diamonds.

Then he played Knave of Clubs.

East won the Ace and returned a Diamond.

Hoping to discard his two remaining Diamonds, Declarer rose with the Ace and cashed two remaining Spades.

Down to King, Six of Hearts and Ten, Eight Seven of Clubs.

West barred his King of Hearts on the last Spade in order to keep his three remaining Clubs.

Declarer had to guess what to discard from Dummy, who had Ace-Queen of Hearts and King-Queen.

Four of Clubs.

He threw the Queen of Hearts, hoping for an even break in Clubs.

West took the last trick with the Ten of Clubs to defeat the contract.

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