Tommy’s Back

Goren Bridge


Bob Jones

Dlr: South ♠ K Q 2
Vul: N-S K 10 8 6
A 7 6 2
♣ A 7
♠ — ♠ J 7 5 3
A Q J 5 9 7 4 3
Q 10 4 3 J 9 8
♣ Q J 10 9 5 ♣ 8 4
♠ A 10 9 8 6 4
2
K 5
♣ K 6 3 2
South West North East
1♠ Dbl Redbl 2
2♠ Pass 6♠ All Pass

Opening lead: ♣Q

Trump Coup Tommy hadn’t been to the club in quite a while. There hadn’t been enough opportunities for Tommy to show off his special skills and his losses had been mounting. A long break had allowed Tommy to refill his coffers and regain some confidence, and he was back in the game today. North’s wild leap to slam reminded Tommy of how he got in a hole in the first place — some rubber bridge players are short on patience and long on greed.

Tommy won the opening club lead in hand with the king and led his heart. West rose with his ace and continued clubs to dummy’s now stiff ace. Tommy cashed the K, discarding a club, and ruffed a heart. He led a spade to dummy’s king and was delighted when West showed out. Here was a chance to show off his specialty.

Tommy ruffed another heart in his hand and then cashed the K A before ruffing a diamond in his hand. He ruffed his last club with dummy’s ♠Q at trick 11. The lead was in dummy and Tommy held the A-10 of trumps sitting over East’s J-7. Tommy took the last two tricks on, what else, a trump coup and Tommy made his slam.

Note Tommy’s perfect timing. Had he led a trump any earlier than he did, he would not have had the entries to execute the trump coup. Tommy was glad to be back!