A Fun Match
Playing in a regional Swiss, we draw a very weak team.
On the first hand, I open 2NT, buy a balanced 9-count,
and things break so badly that I have no dummy entry.
I can strip squeeze my RHO for 9 tricks, but I have
to rectify the count by ducking a trick to LHO. For
no apparent reason, she
ducks that, so I run the squeeze for an overtrick. Then
I score a beer. Then, twice I accept an insufficient bid
in order to get support in for partner at a convenient
level. I've done that before, but twice in one match?
Near the end of the match, I pick up a balanced 17-count
and hear the auction 1NT-3NT.
I get the lead of a small heart to the queen and ace. I can
claim 11 tricks, but there's a chance...I lead the small diamond
to the jack. It loses to the king, and a heart comes back. I'd
like to knock out the diamond ace, so I continue with the queen
from hand. That's ducked all around. It's not safe to lead the
10 from hand now, so I cross to the K to lead the
9 from dummy. If RHO plays the eight...she does, so I
unblock the ten. LHO wins her ace, so I claim 11 tricks and the
A beer finesse isn't an everyday occurrance.
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