Fall NABC


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In November, players flocked to San Diego —a pleasant site — for the 10-day ACBL Fall Championships. As usual, many experts from outside the U.S. attended. In today’s deal from the Board-a-Match Teams, Italian champion Norberto Bocchi won a board with a good deceptive play.

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

Opening lead — ♠4

Board-a-Match is a demanding format; overtricks can matter. South played at 3NT, and Bocchi, West, led a spade, won by dummy’s queen. Declarer led a club to his ace and returned a diamond … and Bocchi played the queen!

Guess

South had a guess. If the queen was a singleton, he needed to duck in dummy to preserve communication. If South took the ace, king and jack and lost a diamond to East’s 10, he might never reach dummy for the two good diamonds.

South must have been suspicious, but he judged to trust Bocchi’s card: South played low from dummy. He wound up with 10 tricks, plus 630, but in the replay, South took 11 tricks at 3NT against a less testing defense, and Bocchi’s team won the board.

Daily Question

You hold: ♠A 8 6 2   A 7 2 4 3    ♣A K 8 5.
Your partner opens 1♣, you respond 1, he bids 1♠ and you try 2. The dealer, at your right, opens 1. You double, your partner bids 1♠ and the opening bidder rebids 2. What do you say?

ANSWER