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You’ve been summoned to serve on a grand jury, investigating the result of today’s deal. Kibitz the evidence and decide whether to issue any true bills.
South’s jump to four clubs was forcing. North felt his hand was too strong to settle for a raise to five clubs, hence he cue-bid to show a control in diamonds. (He would usually hold the ace.) South liked his hand enough to bid slam.
Six clubs was a bold contract. West led the ten of diamonds, and East played the three. South took the ace and forced out the ace of trumps. West then led a heart, and declarer’s finesse with the queen lost. Down one.
What say you?
You should hand down some indictments.
South’s play was questionable. South can lead the queen of spades to dummy’s ace at Trick Two, ruff a spade, lead a diamond to dummy and ruff a spade. When East-West follow, South forces out the ace of trumps. If West shifts to a heart, South takes the ace and ruffs a fourth spade. He can draw trumps, lead a diamond to dummy and pitch his last heart on the good fifth spade.
West’s opening lead was poor. The slam fails with a heart lead. East had not doubled North’s four-diamond cue bid, hence a heart was attractive.
Truth be told, I don’t like the bidding either, though I can’t say it was clearly wrong, especially since South might have made his slam. Perhaps South could have bid three diamonds, the “fourth suit,” over two hearts. If North bid 3NT next, South could pass in a sounder contract.
♠ A 9 4 3 2
♥ A Q 8 2
♦ K Q 7
♠ K 8 5
♥ J 6 4
♦ 10 9 8 4
♣ A 5 2
♠ J 10 7 6
♥ K 10 9 5
♦ J 5 3
♣ 6 3
♥ 7 3
♦ A 6 2
♣ K Q J 9 8 7 4
North East South West
1 ♠ Pass 2 ♣ Pass
2 ♥ Pass 4 ♣ Pass
4 ♦ Pass 6 ♣ All Pass
Opening lead — ♦ 10 AMX-2017-07-25T11:32:00-04:00
Source:: East Bay – Entertainment