118, EW Vul. Del. E
is the decisive board of the semifinal of USBC. Only 3 boards to
go, Meltzer's team leading by 14 IMPs. Badly needing a score,
Rodwell whipped this shaky 2S by Stansby. Stansby would have
locked their win had he made his contract.
led the King of hearts. Stansby won per force and played the King
of spades, a clever manoeuvre to grab a timing. Since any return
would cost a trick or help declarer to shorten his trumps, Rodwell
correctly let the King hold. Stansby then played a club to
this point, the only way to make the contract is to lead Diamond J
or 10 from table, requiring DK onside, finesse the King without
costing an entry.
stansby called a heart and ruff in hand, then exited with 8 of
spades, Rodwell won the 9, and was said, for 3 minutes, he's
replaying every cards in his mind before he exited with J of
spades at the following situation.
still had Queen of hearts to exit if he got thrown-in again.
There's no escape for the declarer.
commentators argued that Stansby should be able to "know"the
King of diamonds was onside when the CQ held, since Rodwell was
known to have SA, SJ, HK, HQ, CA...
Well, I am not conviced, there's still room for
the King of Diamonds in his hand, because, at least, you have no
idea where the missing jacks(HJ & CJ at the moment)are.
I found out that, actually, 2S can be made regardless the position
of Diamond King. I guess unless one has met the situation before,
it's very hard to spot it at the table.
win the opening lead, play SK and it holds, now, comes the most
crucial and sensational play, the Queen of Diamonds!
can't duck this one. And since your clubs is intact at this point,
a club return can't hurt you. The best East could do is to return
a diamond, which you win in dummy... and then a one way straight
line to reach the following situation, at which point you 've
taken 6 tricks already:
you throw out the Ace of diamonds, no one can prevent you from
scoring another 2 tricks.
the situation one is playing a low level contract, and threatened
by very long trumps in opponent's hand, the general idea, I think,
is to score one's trump AS EARLY AS POSSIBLE and grab the side
suit tricks along the way. Also, one needs to prevent defenders
from shortening their trumps.The play of Queen of diamonds serves
a double-shot purpose, if it holds, it scores an extra trick, if
not, it create an entry in dummy so that declarer can shorten his
trumps enough to endplay West.
more thing, it won't work if you play DQ before drawing one round
of trump. Since east could return a trump, and with diamonds
unlocked, west would grab the ace and exit with no cost. The
difference here is that you didn't score a high trump before the
endplay, and therefore it won't work, try it yourself if you are