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Wroclaw we have a Problem

Wroclaw we have a Problem

By In 16th World Bridge Series On 21st August 2022

In the fifth round of the Rosenblum six defenders faced this problem as North:

After opening 1NT you are confronted by this auction:

Partner leads the Fiori2 and this is what you can see:

Assuming you win with the FioriA, how do you continue?

It might appear natural to play a second trump, but when you see the layout you will realise that it doesn’t work too well:

Declarer can win and will be able to establish the diamonds for spade discards, losing only a heart and a club. The winning defence is to switch to a spade at trick two. That prevents declarer from giving up a heart, which is an essential step in the process of establishing the diamonds.
5Fiori was made on four occasions, but England’s Ben Norton was the only defender to find the killing defence of switching to a spade at trick two.


About the Author

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.