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Searching for Peter Fredin

Searching for Peter Fredin

By In 46th World Bridge Teams Championships On 21st August 2023

My colleague Ron Tacchi presented me with this innocuous looking deal from Round 4:

Ron’s question was why can East make nine tricks in clubs, but West only eight?
With all four hands on view it should not take you long to come up with the right answer, which is that North can lead a low heart.
If declarer puts in the nine, takes South’s ten with the jack and returns a heart, North wins and can now switch to a club. Declarer wins, ruffs a heart and plays a spade for the king and ace. Now a diamond from North allows partner to cash two tricks in the suit and then give partner a heart ruff.
With East as declarer a heart lead gives declarer three tricks in the suit. Leading a trump allows declarer to win and play a spade, setting up a discard on the dummy’s PiccheQ with the CuoriK as an entry.

Across the four events only 10 pairs played in 3Fiori – naturally all from the West hand (the popular contract was 2Picche). Equally naturally no North led a low heart – where is Peter Fredin when you need him?

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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.