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August 27, 2019 In the first set of the semi-final between the Californian SIVY team (U26 Gold Medal) against the UK Natt team (U26 Bronce Medal) . Board 10  U26 Semi-Final Session 1 Game All  Dealer East
K 10 9 7 5 4 7 5 2 J 8 6 4
A A 9 7 Q 10 8 4 K Q 10 9 7 Q 8 3 2 Q 6 3 2 A K 6 3 3
J 6 4 K J 10 8 5 J 9 A 5 2
The auction:
West North East South
Kennedy  Youngquist Ye Duffie
1 1
2 Pass 2NT Pass
3 Pass 3NT Pass
4 Pass 5 All Pass
Lead: 4 The English pair did well to find the only making game on this hand. The auction was straightforward: South’s overcall is routein although it would guide declarer to the winning line. South led 4 taken by dummy’s A and declarer crossed to A before leading a club towards dummy. South elected to withhold A and dummy’s Q won the trick. Ye continued with 10 discarding a spade from hand, won with A by South who exited with J won with dummy’s Q. Now declarer cashed K and continued with a club, trumping out North’s J. Declarer trumped a spade and played the winning club off dummy, trumped by North and overtrumped. Declarer trumped a spade, stripping South of any safe exit. South had let go two low hearts and so Ye played7 to South who tried the K but could not avoid conceding the 11th trick. Had North held a singleton J or 10, East will playQ and South will be end-played. At the other table, South also ducked theA and declarer ruffed out the A to end with 11 tricks. If South does rise with A, then declarer can prevail by drawing trumps and cashing A and then playing clubs, leaving North on lead with J with only spades left in his hand, and very likely to hold K with South having led the suit at trick one.

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