Source: IBPA Awards document for 2019

Richard Freeman Junior Deal of the Year:

Winner: Kevin Rosenberg (USA)
Journalist: John Hurd (USA)
Article: Hurts So Good
Event: 2019 Spring NABC, Memphis, TN, USA, Platinum Pairs
Source: IBPA Bulletin 651, April 2019, p. 12

Board 8. Dealer East None VUL

A Q 8 3
J 5 2
K Q 4 3
A 10
J 10
K 10 8 7 6
A 10 7 6
K 7
West North East South
Pass 1
Pass 2 Pass 2
Pass 2 Pass 2NT
Pass 3 Pass 3
Pass 3 Pass 3NT
Pass 4 Pass Pass
Pass

South showed his 2=5=4=2 shape and admitted that he would cooperate with a slam venture over three spades, rejected by North. As declarer, you win the club lead in dummy and have to decide how to play trumps. At the table, declarer, Hurd, led a low heart from the board, took the queen with the king, and then ran the eight of hearts. This was the full deal:

A Q 8 3
J 5 2
K Q 4 3
A 10
K 9 7 6 4
4 3
9 8 5
9 4 3
5 2
A Q 9
J 2
Q J 8 6 5 2
J 10
K 10 8 7 6
A 10 7 6
K 7

When Kevin Rosenberg made the nine, he not only had a brilliancy prize entry, but the admiration of his opponents, Jeff Meckstroth and myself, and his own partner, David Gold!

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