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

If Zia sends you a deal you can be sure it will be interesting!
This one is from the fourth session of the quarterfinals:

Looking at the South hand Zia envisaged a possible (making) save in spades at some point but was anxious to avoid a diamond lead. That prompted him to try the effect of 4Quadri, rather than a real splinter in hearts.
When East led the CuoriK it only required West to be the one holding the FioriK for 5Picche doubled to be as Zia described it, a ‘doddle’. When East turned up with it the result was one down, -100.
It earned him what he described (with tongue in cheek) as a rare ‘nice bid’ from his partner!

North led the PiccheA and declarer emerged with 12 tricks, +480 and 9 IMPs, part of a 54 IMP burst by USA2 at the start of the fourth quarter.

Zia’s Bridge-A Love Story contains an example of a ‘fake splinter’ – now he has an example for volume 3!

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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.