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August 26, 2019
Here we see the Polish twins demonstrating their judgment and proficiency in the auction, aided by an excellent system.
Session 7, U26 Swiss Teams (Sunday am)
EW Vul Dealer East
|A K Q 10 7 4 2
K J 6
Q 10 8
Q 8 3 2
Q 9 4 2
|J 8 3
A 7 4 3
A 8 7 6
K 9 6 2
A 7 5 4
A K 10 5
|Donato||Patreuha P||Scata||Patreuha J|
6 showed two key-cards, the trump queen and either K or both K and K. North had already denied a heart control and South recognized the necessity of protecting his K.
His first comment when I asked about the auction was that he fully expected East to lead a low heart away from A.
Donato found a safe spade lead and Jakob played 6 rounds of the suit before running J from dummy to West’sQ. Donato did not return the suit and at trick 12 declarer went with the diamond finesse rather than the red suit squeeze against East.
Those who bid 6would have 12 easy tricks on a diamond lead and a straightforward route to 12 tricks on a black suit lead – discard a heart on the second top club and draw trumps and play hearts.
If the A is offside the diamond finesse and various squeeze chances take the percentage of success close to 80%.
A hearty congratulations to Markus Bertheau still under 16 who found the diabolical small heart lead.
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