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Mate in Eight

Mate in Eight

By In 16th World Bridge Series On 31st August 2022

Some chess players can calculate many moves in advance, but how far ahead must a bridge player see? Here is remarkable piece of play from the final session of the Rosenblum semifinal:

North led the CuoriJ and South took the king and returned the six, declarer ruffing, playing three rounds of trumps ending in dummy and a heart to the ten, +130.

South led the Fiori2 and declarer won in dummy and played the Quadri6, North winning with the king and returning the Fiori7. Declarer won in dummy, cashed the top hearts and must have been delighted when for the second time on the deal South contributed an honour. Declarer crossed to the CuoriJ, went back to dummy with a diamond, pitched a diamond on the ]10, ruffed a diamond and gave up a spade for a magnificent, miraculous, 11 tricks, +400 and 7 IMPs.
Very lucky you might say.

Perhaps, but declarer envisaged his eight-move combination at trick 2! I wonder if he plays chess?

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Mark Horton
Mark Horton

Mark Horton British journalist and expert player, was Editor of Bridge Magazine 1995-2017 and now edits the online publication Bridgerama+. At one time, his business cards were inscribed: Have Cards will Travel, but following the death of his most famous sponsor, the Rabbi Leonard Helman, he has tended to concentrate on his writing exploits (in 2018 he had five books published!). Anyone wanting to discover how to lose at bridge on a regular basis (and pay for the privilege) should feel free to contact him. He currently lives in Shrewsbury with his wife Liz.