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Back to Earth

By In 1st IMSA World Masters Championships On 14th May 2019


After their astonishing demolition of England in Round 2, Sweden faced China. This was a crucial deal:

North led the PiccheDCuoriA but that only served to speed up the play, +1430.

Here East could not be sure that 6Picche would be no worse than a finesse – that was 13 IMPs to China.

West led the Cuori2 and East played king, followed by the ace. Declarer ruffed, cashed the PiccheK and followed it with the ten, West pitching the PiccheCCuori3 as East won with the queen. Another heart at this point would ensure the demise of the contract, but East returned a spade and declarer won with dummy’s ace (West pitching a heart) and came to hand with a club. When she played a second club East ruffed and played a heart and declarer was two down when she failed to endplay West.
Having come to hand, declarer should draw the outstanding trump, which squeezes West in the minors. The best she can do is pitch a diamond, but she can then be thrown in on the third round of the suit to lead into the club tenace.

South led the PiccheCCuoriA and switched to a trump, and denied more than one ruff in dummy declarer was two down, losing 12 IMPs. That made the score 1-40 and for the time being Sweden knew what it felt like to be on the wrong side of the scorecard.


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Mark Horton

British journalist and expert player, has been the editor of Bridge Magazine since 1995. 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 expects to have five books published!). Anyone wanting to discover how to lose at bridge on a regular basis (and pay for the priviledge) should feel to contact him. He currently lives in the village of Sutton Benger with his wife Liz.