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