Play it Again, Sam
In the further adventures of our eponymous ex-columnist, Sam
Dinkin, our hero again reaches 7 in a
regional side event during the Toronto nationals.
Vulnerable at matchpoints,
Sam has reached 7 on bidding too horrible to recount.
(Actually, I just don't know it. I revel in recounting horrible
bidding. How else can one excoriate our heroes? They made the
contract, after all!)
| AQ |
| 843 |
Sam was graced with a trump lead and drew trumps, discovering
RHO's singleton. When hearts broke 3-2, Righty again being
short, Sam decided that her surplus of black cards suggested that
the spade finesse might fail. In any case, he can delay that
dubious chance until the end by cashing the A (a Vienna Coup,)
all the hearts, pitching spades, and running trumps, reaching this two card
end position with RHO still to play to trick 11.
By now, RHO is clearly in distress so the spade finesse
cannot be a rewarding proposition, but Rightly happily (for us!)
decides to play her partner for the Q, pitching the lesser
monarch, allowing his mate to stand up and Sam to claim. 7
seems to be Sam's joyance.
| AQ |
|Immaterial|| Kx |
| 8 |
This ending (called an "automatic simple squeeze" even though it
is hardly that) is the same as the one in Sam's
previous 7 hand that week!
Copyright © 1992 Jeff Goldsmith