Source: IBPA Column Service SEP 2020

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

J 7 2
A 10 9 2
Q 5 2
A 5 3
K Q 10 9 8 5 3
Q 6 4
K 4
Q
West North East South
1
Pass 1NT1 Pass 2
Pass 4 Pass Pass
Pass

1- Forcing for one round.

Opening Lead: J

The auction was the same at both tables in a team game, as was the lead – the jack of clubs. At the first table, declarer won with the ace of clubs and played a low trump from the table.

East saw that he did not want to be on lead on the second round of trumps, so he played the ace and another trump. Declarer took this in hand and ran the queen of hearts to East’s king.

After trumping the club return, declarer played a heart to the ten. East won with the jack of hearts for the third defensive trick. As declarer still had to lose a diamond, he was down one.

At the second table, declarer also took the ace of clubs at trick one and, looking past the double finesse in hearts, ruffed a club at trick two. Next he played the three of trumps to dummy’s seven.

East won with the ace and exited with the four of spades. Declarer won with the jack, then ruffed a second club before playing the king of diamonds from hand. West won with his ace of diamonds and returned the jack of diamonds.

Declarer won with the queen of diamonds, then ruffed dummy’s remaining diamond, eliminating that suit. Finally, declarer ran the queen of hearts to East’s king.

East was endplayed and was forced to concede the contract.

The complete deal:

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

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