The opening lead is the 9. I duck in dummy, and East hesitates before playing low too. My Q wins, but I know the K is offside.
Frankly, I'm unsure of the best line so I try the Q. The opponents duck, so I now play three rounds of clubs, pitching a spade and diamond from dummy.
The clubs luckily split 3-3 - East wins the Q on the third round. After some thought, he returns a spade. I dump a diamond as West wins the A.
West now leads the 7 with a bit of enthusiasm:
Ugh - where are 5 more tricks? West apparently started life with 97 or 97x. If I duck this, East could win the K and return a heart. Then I'm forced to hope that spades are 3-3.
I decide to give myself an extra chance by rising with the A, and then plunking down K and another spade. This gains whenever spades are 4-2 and West specifically has
In reality, spades do split 4-2 and West does win his J, but he then cashes the K and 8! Ka-boom. I feel like an idiot going down one.
The full deal:
Had I simply finessed in hearts again, I could have cashed my clubs and made two overtricks! Or better... at trick 1 simply take the
I think that I learned a lesson, which is to just not think at all.
2023 © Jeff Tang. All Rights Reserved.