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By In 46th World Bridge Teams Championships On 31st August 2023

The match between Switzerland and USA2 has been a classic so far. When the final session got under way it did not take long for another special deal to surface:

In the Closed Room Kalita opened the East hand 2Cuori and when Moss overcalled 2Picche Grue jumped to 3NT, scoring +630.

We can be sure about the early part of the auction, but Al Hollander’s notes stop after 3Quadri.
East led the Fiori3 and declarer won with the ace (a far-sighted move) and played the Quadri10. East went up with the ace and exited with a club, but now declarer could win, ruff a diamond, draw the outstanding trump, cash dummy’s CuoriAK, come to hand with the PiccheA and cash the FioriQ. West, down to Picche108754 QuadriK had no answer and when he pitched the QuadriK declarer claimed, +1370 and 12 IMPs.
If East had played low on the Quadri10, West wins and returns a trump. Declarer wins, ruffs a diamond, draws the last trump with the FioriJ and carefully plays a top spade followed by a spade to the ace. When East discards declarer can advance the Cuori10 and survive the unlucky spade break.

What a brilliant piece of play!

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Mark Horton
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