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Chess & Bridge Combined

Chess & Bridge Combined

By In 46th World Bridge Teams Championships On 26th August 2023

The Chess World Cup tournament was taking place at the same time as these World Championships. On this deal declarer brought home his contract by utilizing a term that is well known in that game:

In the Open Room, Percario and Donati had bid 2NT-3Fiori-3Cuori-6NT, but declarer had relied on both major suit finesses being right and went one down.
6NT can be made – but is difficult. After two rounds of clubs, declarer plays two rounds of hearts finessing and then ducks a diamond. If South exits with the CuoriQ declarer wins in dummy and plays a diamond and North, down to PiccheQ96 Cuori10 FioriJ10 is in trouble. A club discard is out of the question, but whichever major he discards from will allow declarer to continue with that suit in what is effectively a repeating squeeze. Across the fields, 48 pairs went down in a slam, while 5 made 6Fiori and 13 6NT. Remarkably in the BB only Singapore and UAE made the latter – and they were playing each other!

South led the QuadriQ and declarer won with the ace, played a club to the ace and club to the king, South discarding the Quadri9. Declarer cashed the CuoriK, took the heart finesse and cashed the CuoriA discarding a diamond. He ruffed a heart, cashed the FioriQ and the diamond king and then played the top spades ending in dummy. He could then play the Quadri10 to score the Fiori7 en passant for a splendid +920 and 14 IMPs.
6Fiori is perhaps a better bet than 6NT. Another way to make it after the 4-1 break comes to light is to take the heart finesse, and after ruffing the fourth heart, cash two diamonds and then throw North in with a club for an enforced spade return.

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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.