Source: IBPA Bulletin Sep 2017 Dealer East. Both Vul
K 10 9 5 3 A 5 7 4 3 7 4 3
8 6 Q 8 7 6 4 A Q Q J 9 2 7 4 10 9 3 J 9 8 5 K 10 6 5
A Q J 2 K J 2 K 10 6 2 A 8
West North East South
Pass 11
1 Dbl2 Pass 33
Pass 44 Pass 4
Pass Pass Pass
1. 2+ clubs; includes all balanced 12-14/18-19 hands 2. 4+ spades; transfer if Opener is 12-14 balanced 3. 4-card spade raise, 18-19 balanced 4. Re-transfer This was from Round 7 and, most of the time, North declared four spades on the lead of the ten of hearts. The above auction is from the England-USA Venice Cup match, with Sally Brock of England as South and Fiona Brown as North.
Sylvia Shi
Sylvia Shi
Sylvia Shi and Beth Palmer of the USA sat West and East respectively. West led the queen of clubs and declarer was given a chance to show some good technique when East followed with an encouraging five. South played the eight of clubs from hand, won the club continuation with the ace, cashed the ace of trumps and led the two of trumps to dummy’s ten. After both defenders had followed to the trumps, declarer ruffed the seven of clubs. Next, she played the two of hearts to the ace and a heart back to her king. While she planned to ruff the jack of hearts in dummy if West followed low, she took another course when West played the queen of hearts: she discarded a diamond from dummy. This endplayed West, who then cashed the ace of diamonds. East does better to play the king of clubs at trick one. Declarer wins with the ace and draws trumps, ending in dummy, and leads a low club. East rises with the ten and plays a diamond to declarer’s ten and West’s queen. After ruffing the club exit, declarer cashes the ace and king of hearts, then ruffs the jack of hearts in dummy. Now she plays a diamond to the king and ace but West is endplayed: declarer throws dummy’s last diamond loser and ruffs in hand.