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Sinking the Ship

Sinking the Ship

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

The standard defensive strategies in bridge are well-known, but nevertheless it is extremely satisfying to execute one at the table. This deal from Round 19 is an example of one of the most famous:

It looks like 2Quadri was a transfer to hearts. Whatever, 3NT had nine top tricks, +600.

Here West’s double might be showing hearts. If that is the case West could have considered bidding 3NT on the next round to show the diamond stopper.
South led the Quadri5 and declarer took dummy’s ace, drew trumps and then played the Cuori8 for the three, ten and queen. Now there is only one card in North’s hand that will scuttle declarer’s contract.
Back came the PiccheK!
A Merrimac Coup for 12 IMPs.

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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.