This month's hand turned up during the recent North American Pairs District 23 finals. It's one of those "oh pooh, what do I do
South is the dealer, no one is vulnerable, and you are North. You pick up this hand:
♠ K J 7
♦ 10 8
♣ A K Q J 8 6 3
Well? Now what? You're well familiar with your partner's weak twos; sometimes they're emaciated, let alone weak. So, let's bid our suit and see what happens:
East makes the opening lead: ♦4. Your heart stops for a moment, then partner puts down:
♥ A 10 9 8 7 3
♦ Q J 9
♣ 10 9 2
Christmas time! West wins a high diamond and returns the suit to East's high diamond, and you win the diamond return. Then you take your nine tricks and go home. Now, if East had led a heart ...
So, after this gutsy effort, did you clean house? Nahhh - too many bonehead plays, it just wasn't your day. Also ran. Such is life.
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