In our club, we usually order pizza part way through the
game, since many of the players don't get a chance to eat
dinner between work and bridge. After the third round, we
typically have a five-minute pizza break, and everyone
tries to be dummy on the last hand of the third round.
Playing in that club game against reasonable, but not
very experienced opponents, it is the last hand of the
third round and the pizza has just arrived.
3 was artificial, asking partner to bid 3.
The 3NT rebid showed a hand with probable 4-3-3-3 shape,
exactly three hearts, and 12-15 HCP. 4NT was natural and
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West leads the J, and I want to play this fast
because my pizza is getting cold. The opponents play
``Jack denies, ten or nine implies'' leads, so the A
is on my right. I play low from dummy and East wins
the (presumably singleton) Ace. After a moment's thought,
he shifts to a small club.
I am cold for eleven tricks and rate to be winning this
board by playing it in notrump, but I would like to make
six. In order to do so, I need to sneak through a diamond
trick. Since that will only give me eleven tops, I'll need
to squeeze someone. West is marked with five spades, so he's
the only one I can squeeze, which means I need to play him
for the A. I think the best way to get him to
duck it is to advance the J. I do and it holds.
Since I am in a rush, I just claim now, saying to West,
``you hold the A and five spades, right? If
so, I have the rest on a squeeze.'' East glances at the
cards, puts his cards back and runs for the pizza with
all of us in hot pursuit.
Copyright © 1995 Jeff Goldsmith