Shantanu Rastogi's Bridge Page
issue 104 (October 16, 2000)
First Bridge Web Page From India
In this section I would be putting together all the information regarding bridge facilities in the various cities in India.The information may be sketchy at present but would be made comprehensive in future.
In this section I would cover tournaments happening in India and more so the tournaments happening in Northern part of India and in the state of Uttar Pradesh.
In this section I would cover one good deal which appeared in the Weekly Bridge Tournaments at Lucknow or in a recent tournament with explanations.
This week's deal is from 2000 WBF Olympiad which took place at Maastrict recently.
This week's deal features Jilly Clench of Wales who was sitting as North.
West opened 1 to which East replied 2 . On West's 2 NT East's 3 was range asking. Wests's 4 showed maximum with s. 4 was cue bid and 4 NT key card blackwood. East's 5 showed 0/3 key card. 5 was trump queen ask and 5 showed trump queen but no side suit King.West ended in 6 which was doubled by North! East now reverted to 6 which is where contract was played.
"With East/West bidding strongly to Six , and with an unpromising hand, Jilly Clench could see that the only significant missing card was the queen of s. The only hope of defeating the contract was if she could persuade partner to lead a , and declarer finesse into partner's queen of s, which was likely to be a singleton. Partner could then give her a ruff. So she doubled a cold contract.East, suspecting a void and an adverse lie of the trump suit,retreated to Six , leaving Clench on lead."
The lead was taken with dummy's Ace. Declarer then finessed Queen and played a to Jack which was won by South's King. South continued with which was won with King. Trumps were drawn next and confident that for her double North must have Q10x of s West ran Jack of losing to singleton Queen.South then cashed two more tricks to take contract three down.
What a double!
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