In the city of Montevideo (ROU) from May 26 to June 3, 2012 was held the IV South American Transnational Bridge Festival, Montevideo 2012.

After the first 20 boards set d’Orsi team was winning the final by 41 to 27 IMPs. In the second set Agustin Madala-Diego Brenner were in North / South against Marcelo Branco- Beto Barbosa in West / East, no doubt a confrontation that promised!.

Agustin and Diego, as two skilled killers began the task, the first major swing occurred in the board 20 where Madala-Brenner declared a slam in spades and received 12 IMPs for their team, when the board 31 hit the table, and Agustin used once again his magic wand:

Dealer South All Vul

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

10 8 6 4
10 8 7
K 9 7 6 4 3
West North East South
Branco Madala Barbosa brenner
Pass
1 Pass 2 2NT
2 Pass 4 Pass
Pass Pass

Nothing to say about the auction.

The lead was theA. Agustin won the trick and switched to club, the dummy played the10 and Diego won the second trick with hisK.

Diego returned a heart, Branco ruffed with the8, but the magician had mounted his act and played theK !

Now, please sit in Marcelo’s chair…, if he played the double trump finesse and lost the hand to South (the dangerous hand) Brenner would be able to return a heart to give his partner a ruff; so Marcelo played theA, Brenner played the3 and  the declarer couldnt avoid losing two trump tricks, for one down.