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Shooting the Moon

Shooting the Moon

By In 16th World Bridge Series On 20th August 2022

In the card game Pinochle (which involves the use of only 48 cards) a player who manages to take all the tricks is said to ‘shoot the moon’. On this deal from the second round of the McConnell the opportunity arose to achieve the feat using all 52 cards:

Nevena Senior’s 5Picche was asking for a diamond control and when Nicola Smith showed she could look after the first round with 6{, she was able to make a grand slam try by bidding 6Cuori. That was enough for Nicola to ‘shoot the moon’.

When West led the Fiori2 Nicola Smith was tempted to claim!
She could be sure West held a diamond void and given that West must hold significant club length there had to be a double squeeze.
She took the lead in dummy and tested the trumps. When the suit divided she crossed to dummy with the Picche K and cashed two clubs, pitching hearts from her hand. Next came the QuadriJ, covered by the king and ace and that was followed by two more spades. This was the position:

When Nicola cashed the Picche4 West had to part with a heart. Having served its purpose dummy’s Fiori6 went away. Had it been East holding the three hearts and the QuadriQ she would have been the one without resource. It was a rare combination, precision bidding and perfect play that delivered 13 IMPs. 

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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.