I am playing in a regional one-session Swiss and don't
know my opponents. As dealer, I pick up J742 K AK974 QJ10.
I open 1, partner bids 1NT, and RHO bids 2.
This is clearly not their best spot, since they have nine
or more hearts, so I pass. Not surprisingly, this ends the
auction. I lead a high diamond and see
Partner contributes the 8, upside-down attitude.
I shift to the Q, which holds. It looks as if
declarer is 6-4-2-1 exactly. I could cash another
diamond and exit with a club, but I have a sneaky plan.
I don't want to give away that I have a third club, so
I continue with the J. Declarar ruffs this and
plays a diamond to me. Acting like a man who has only
two clubs, I continue with a third diamond. This has
two effects: I allow declarer acess to dummy to take
a heart finesse, and it sets up my winning diamonds,
which I can use once declarer's trumps are shortened.
Declarer is not suspicious (why didn't I cash the A
at Trick 3?) and hooks into my K. I continue
with my club, and declarer ruffs. He cashes two high
trumps, and partner's Q falls. Thinking that he
needs trumps 3-3 to make 2, he continues with a
third trump. I win and lead my good diamond, forcing
out declarer's last trump. He tries to cash the A,
but I ruff and cash a winning diamond for down two and
The whole hands was
The Trojan Horse Coup is an old chestnut, but this
time it served double-duty by setting up diamond
winners to continue the tap later. Declarer lost
his way several times, but I'm glad my play was
allowed to work.
Copyright © 2015 Jeff Goldsmith