Source: IBPA Column Service Jan 2022

Tim Bourke
Tim Bourke

**Source: wikipedia: Tim Bourke “is an Australian bridge player and writer. His joint project with Justin Corfield “the Art of Declarer Play” won the International Bridge Press Book of the Year award in 2014.

IMPs Dealer South. Both Vul

Q 9 3
J 10 5
A K 5 3 2
6 3
A K J 10 2

Q 8 7 6
Q 7 4 2
West North East South
1
1NT1 Pass 2
Pass 32 Pass 4
Pass Pass Pass
  1. Forcing for one round
  2. Invitational, 3 card support

This deal arose in a team game, with both North/South pairs playing a similar system. It was suggested in the post mortem that a rebid of three diamonds (or three hearts) instead of three spades here should be fit-showing.

Both declarers received the lead of a low trump which was taken in hand with the ten. The first declarer played quickly. He drew trumps in three rounds then cashed the ace and queen of diamonds, discovering too late that the diamond suit was blocked. All he could do was to cash two diamonds before conceding four tricks to the defence.

The second declarer paused to consider the diamond suit. He saw that all would be well if the diamonds were 2-2 but not if they were 3-1. So, he played a low trump to dummy’s queen and led the jack of hearts from dummy. East followed low and declarer threw the six of diamonds from hand. After ruffing the heart continuation, declarer drew the outstanding trumps with his ace and ran the diamonds, taking five trumps and five diamonds.

The complete deal:

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

Q 8 7 6
Q 7 4 2

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