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Theory and Practice

Theory and Practice

By In 15th World Bridge Series, Articles On 5th October 2018

A contract may be beatable in theory, but in practical play it can prove to be difficult, especially when everything turns on the opening lead. Look at this deal from the second session of the Mixed teams semifinals:

A club lead defeats 6Cuori – but not 6Quadri. Once West had ben able tomake a lead directing double you can understand why NS stayed low.

It was next to impossible for West to lead a club – the only way to defeat the slam. Declarer won the spade lead in dummy and played three rounds of trumps. With diamonds behaving he was home, for a 13 IMP pick-up.

Did I mention that you could always make 6Quadri?
Let’s move to the other semi-final:

In the Open Room NS stopped in 4Cuori for +680.

Closed Room

When South offered North a choice of slams she went with her chunky diamond suit.
East led the Fiori8 – essential, otherwise declarer will have an entry to dummy after establishing the hearts – and West won with the king and returned the six, declarer taking East’s queen with dummy’s ace and pitching a spade on the Fiori10. A spade to the ace was followed by a spade ruff, a diamond to the ace, a spade ruff and then three rounds of hearts. West ruffed in with the QuadriJ, but declarer overuffed, cashed the QuadriQ and claimed when the remaining trumps divided. Not a bad way to collect 12 IMPs.

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