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August 23, 2019

Today the first 26 pairs in the U 26 Open Pairs Championship are battling for only one spot: the number one position. In the race the Austrian pair: THORPE Stephan (Austria)SCHEBERAN Philip (Austria) played a beautiful endplay in the first session 1 Board 3.

Session 1 Board 3

Dealer South/E-W Vul

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

9 3
A Q 8 7 4 3
K Q 6 3
Q 6 5 2
A K Q 10 5
West North East South
Stephan Philip 
Pass 1
Pass 1 2 (1) 4 (2)
Pass 4 Pass 5 (3)
Pass 5 Pass  Pass
Double All Pass
1: C & S 2: splinter 3: void

Lead: J

Stephan Thorpe
Stephan Thorpe

Declarer played dummy’s K, and West won the trick with his ace, to return the 8. Stephan played his 9, East his 10 and the Q from dummy made the second trick.

Back came the Q, West covered with his king, and Stephan played his ace while watching East pitching a club. Declarer continued ruffing a small club in dummy, and returned to his hand with a small diamond to the J. The continuation was a diamond to the ace, and next came the K, East pitching a club.

Declarer continued with the 10, West discard a club, next trick was the Q, all discarded clubs and the last diamond, again all pitched clubs.

This was the end position:


J 9 4

K

10 8 7 3

7 5 4


A
6 3
6 5

Now came the 6, West ruffed with the 8, and declarer overruffed with the 9, East played a small spade. Stephan continued with his last club, ruffed in dummy with a small heart and West overruffed, who was endplayed with  10 3, while declarer had  J 4…

So a four spot was the card that gave declarer a beautiful hand and a 75%…

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