Playing matchpoints in a weakish field, a pair arrives
that annoys me. My left hand opponent has a history of
taking very unusual actions against me, some of which
work and some which do not. He also refuses to explain
his agreements and acts very condescending and rude to
me. I'd love to crush this guy.
I pick up as East with no one vulnerable
AQ10 AK42 973 KJ10.
The bidding begins
I have a bidding problem at the one level. I clearly
have the best hand at the table, but partner is probably
broke. Since I have no sensible action, and since they
are willing to play in my best suit, I choose to pass and
1 becomes the final contract. The dummy appears and
Partner leads the 5 and dummy plays the King.
What is this? For the moment, it doesn't matter, so I
play low and declarer contributes the 2. How friendly!
We lead low from an odd number, so partner either has
1085 or a singleton. Between dummy and my hand, I see
29 points. Declarer must have most of the rest. Partner
would not lead from ten-third in my short suit; he must
have a singleton! That's good. Declarer confidently
continues with a small heart from dummy and I play the
Declarer inserts the nine and partner wins the Jack.
Something very odd is going on here. Partner would not
lead a singleton with Jack doubleton in trumps; he probably
would not lead it unless he had three trumps because he
would figure that I had four and would try to help set up
a long suit in my hand. Declarer is playing in a psych!
Checking the vibrations around the table, I am certain that
this is so. Declarer is still playing confidently, but
there's worry in his eye. He is not happy about how things
are working out. We are going to get him.
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Partner continues with a low spade and I win the Ace and
return a diamond for him to ruff. I choose the nine because
I have already denied the K; if partner has it, I
want him to underlead. He doesn't and shifts to a small
club. Declarer shrugs and ducks this to my King. I give
partner another ruff and he exits with a club to declarer's
Queen. Declarer continues trying to draw trump and partner
shows out, pitching a low club. I complete the effort, drawing
trumps with my top honors.
What do I know about the hand now? Declarer is 3-3-4-3
with nine or ten high card points. I don't know who has
the J. Partner has not pitched a spade, so I
am going for the gusto and shall play him for that card.
I continue with the Q and declarer wins with the
King and continues diamonds. I ruff and lead my remaining
spade to partner's Jack and he claims the balance. Declarer
has taken three tricks for a well-deserved zero. He has erred
in the play at nearly every trick. Maybe my Orbital Mind
Control Lasers have decided to help me out.
On reflection, I feel that I have to compliment partner. He
has made five defensive tricks with a two-count and only
three trumps. That must be some sort of record.
Copyright © 1994 Jeff Goldsmith