Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Defeating an unbeatable contract

This is a story I got from a friend of mine, Alon Amsel.

You hold the following hand:
AQ9
98532
Q6
K85

LHO starts the auction:
1 - pass - 1 - pass
1NT* - pass - 2 - pass
pass - pass
(1NT shows exactly 4s)

What's your lead?

Alon thought as follows:
Declarer and I have 11s combined, which suggests dummy is short and probably has 3s. Also declarer's HCPs are all in which doesn't leave much room for HCPs in other suits. Moreover partner passed throughout, so he won't have lots of s, which means declarer doesn't have singleton . I expect to see the K in dummy (which will make it difficult for declarer to make the right decision) or with partner (take 3 quick tricks).

As a result of this reasoning, he lead the Q. This is the full hand:

Dealer:West
Vul:None
Scoring:imps
J872
J
KT92
Q764
K64
4
AJ853
AJ93
T53
AKQT76
74
T2
AQ9
98532
Q6
K85

As expected, the K was in dummy. Declarer played small (asuming South lead from QJ9 or something similar), and Alon continued with 9. Again declarer played small (still asuming South had QJ9) so North took the trick with J. This was followed by a high asking for a return. After taking his Ace, South continued with Q as requested. This made 3 + 1 + 1 + 1 = 6 tricks for 1 down.

1 comment:

Fluffy said...

Need to try this kind of stuff more often, gives you good laughs at least!