My Usual Garbage
Playing in a local unit game, I deal myself my usual
62 Q1032 Q109 10932
I pass and consider if I want to call Hearts or Losing Tricks
(a Barbu reference). The bidding
is swift and partner leads a top heart against 4 as I see:
Dummy's bidding is curious; 3 should not be
invitational (double is an artificial game try) but
she had a limit raise on the previous round, so she
was making up for lost time.
I encourage the first heart trick (to discourage a
diamond shift away from the Ace), and partner continues
the suit. Declarer ruffs with the 10. Looks like
he has 150 honors. He plays two top clubs, partner dropping
the J on the second round. He reflects on this and
shifts to a diamond, winning the Ace in his hand and continuing
another diamond. Oddly, partner flies with the K on the
second round (why?) and plays a third heart. Declarer ruffs
with the J. Yup, 150 honors.
Something funny is going on. It looks as if declarer has
four spades, one heart, six diamonds, and two clubs. That
seems impossible, but it's not my play yet. Declarer ruffs
a diamond in dummy, as partner follows low! Odd. So he's
5152. Partner just did something strange in diamonds. I
wish I knew why.
Now, for some reason, declarer tries to cash the Q,
but when I follow with the 9, he changes his mind
and ruffs it with the 7. Partner discards a heart.
Obviously, partner has a trump honor and chose not to
Declarer now plays a good diamond. Partner discards his
last heart and dummy ruffs with the other high spade.
Suddenly, I'm required to make a good play. Carefully,
I discard my club winner, setting up dummy's long suit.
When declarer plays a club from dummy, I ruff with the 6
to beat the contract. Declarer thinks about this for a long
time, but tries the effect of overruffing with the Q.
Partner beats that with the K and exits with a trump, winning
the last trick with the 13th trump.
The situation at the end was
When declarer ruffs his diamond in dummy, if I don't
discard a club, he can play a club and discard a diamond
from hand. Partner is forced to ruff and lead into the
AQ. The same happens if I fail to ruff high on
the club from dummy; partner is forced to ruff or overruff
my 2. But it does no good for declarer to discard
on the 6 as partner can now underruff and will get
a trump trick.
It was nice to be able to make a cool play, even though
I had garbage. We didn't do very well, but this hand
made my day.
Copyright © 2001 Jeff Goldsmith