Tuesday, August 2, 2011
Timing is everything
Kate and I bid to 5♣ doubled on the auction shown above (hands rotated). (If you don't see the auction, click 'next' and it will appear.)
West led a low spade, won in dummy. What now?
I played a high club and a high heart, then led a second club, taken with my king. Next I advanced the ♥8 and West was stuck. If he ruffs, he's ruffing a loser with his master trump, so he discarded.
I was able to ruff a heart and had the entries to ruff a second heart before returning to dummy for a diamond discard on the good hearts (a spade ruff and the ♦K).
After the game, I put this in Deep Finesse and was pleased to see that I had to play a high heart at trick two or trick three to make the contract. Do you see why the timing needs to be this way?
We won 12.85 IMPs for plus 750. You can see all the results on OKbridge, if you click here.