Goren Bridge Society

Fred’s brilliancy

Esther was thrilled to be playing with Fred once again. Fred was still a fine player, but he seldom came to the club anymore. Esther invited him often, and she was always excited when he accepted. She couldn’t keep up with Fred as a player, but she loved the challenge.

Esther, West in today’s deal, led her fourth-best club. Declarer played low from dummy, Fred played his 10, and South won with the jack. The contract was a poor one, seeming to need a 4-4 club split, or a miracle blockage, plus a successful diamond finesse. Declarer started by running the queen of diamonds. This lost to Fred’s king and Fred returned the queen of clubs to Esther’s ace. Esther wasn’t quite sure what had happened, but it seemed possible that all of her clubs were now high. Nervously testing the waters, she led her eight of clubs. Sure enough, it held the trick and Esther gleefully ran the rest of her clubs. She then shifted to a heart and they defeated the contract by three tricks!

“You blew it at trick one,” said North, in the process of losing yet another partner. “You could have played high from dummy at trick one or low from your hand. Either play would have let you make nine tricks. You got it wrong in both hands!”

No one mentioned Fred’s brilliant play at trick one, and Fred was too modest to bring it up. Great play!

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