Criss-Cross

Goren Bridge


Bob Jones

Dlr: South ♠ Q J 7 2
Vul: E-W 5
A J 9 7 6
♣ J 4 3
♠ 9 8 ♠4
Q 10 9 8 7 6 K 4 3 2
8 Q 10 5 4
♣10 9 8 6 ♣ K 7 5 2
♠ A K 10 6 5 3
A J
K 3 2
♣ A Q
South West North East
1♠ Pass 4* Pass
4NT Pass 5 Pass
6♠ All Pass

*Splinter bid — a raise to four spades with shortness in hearts

Opening lead: 8

Today’s deal is from an important pairs competition in Australia not long ago. South was young Australian expert Nye Griffiths. The slam contract was rock solid. This was a pairs game, however, and an overtrick would turn a good result into a great one.

The opening diamond lead was covered with dummy’s nine, East’s 10, and won by Griffiths with his king. The ♠A and a spade to the queen drew the trumps, and a club to the queen held the trick. The opening lead marked the Q with East, who was also known to have the ♣K. Griffiths now cashed the A, ruffed a heart, and cashed all of his trumps. This was the position with one trump to go:

Dlr: South ♠ —
Vul: E-W
A J
♣ J 4
♠ — ♠ —
Q 10
Q 5
♣10 9 ♣ K 7
♠ 5
3 2
♣ A

Griffiths cashed his last trump and discarded the J from dummy. East was cooked. A club discard would see South cash the ♣A and cross to dummy with the A to cash the ♣J. A diamond discard would also give the overtrick in a similar way. Very well played!

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