Playing in the Reisinger (Board-A-Match) against a pair of Italian
world champions, I am declarer after a simple auction.
The opening lead is the 10. I have to lose
two hearts, probably one diamond, and one or two
trump tricks, depending on how spades break. They
are probably not 5-1, or I'd've been doubled at
this form of scoring.
The opponents play
five-card majors and standard leads, so I know the 10
is a singleton. RHO doesn't know; it may be a doubleton
as far as he can tell. There appear to be two normal defenses.
Either RHO can win the A and give his partner a ruff,
get back with the A and give another ruff, or RHO can
duck the first trick and sit back and wait. I much prefer
that they perform the first defense. If trumps are 4-2 with
the length on my left, which seems likely given the 1-5 heart
split, that'll compress one of their trump tricks with my
Aha! I can help them take the line I want. I play the K
from dummy at trick one, showing RHO that I have three
hearts. If the hand were different, that play might freeze
the heart suit, but RHO will then know that his partner has
a stiff heart and will take the two ruffs defense.
That's what happens, of course. When trumps do turn out to
be 4-2, I make nine tricks, one more than I'm entitled to.
I'd like to say it won the board, but our teammates' result
rendered ours irrelevant. That doesn't bother me at all.
Copyright © 2004 Jeff Goldsmith