A Fine Selection of Diamonds

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Morkork saw the possible problem right from the start and managed to bring home his doubled contract for a gain of 11.83 IMPs.

Dlr: West Vul: None
Scoring: IMPs

North
S J 5 2
H A K 10 5
D A K 9 4
C 10 5
West
S K 10 9 8 7 3
H 9 6
D 3
C K Q J 7
East
S A Q 6 4
H Q 7
D Q J 7 6
C 8 6 4
South
S —
H J 8 4 3 2
D 10 8 5 2
C A 9 3 2

 

West North East South
1S Dbl Redbl 4H
4S 5H Dbl All Pass

After ducking the club king opening lead, Morkork took the second club and drew trumps in two rounds. He realized he would make his contract easily if diamonds split 3-2, but what if they were 4-1? He decided to take out insurance via a crossruff that would strip the hand.

He ruffed a spade and a club before cashing one top diamond. Then he proceeded to crossruff the remaining black cards. At trick eight, East realized he had to keep his three diamonds, so he was forced to discard a spade on the last club ruff. The final spade ruff removed his last out card and he was left with just the queen-jack-small of diamonds.

Morkork knew he was home. When he led a diamond and West showed out, he played the 9 from dummy and East was endplayed. If West had followed to the second diamond, Morkork still would have finessed the 9, covering the possibility that West started with four diamonds.

If Morkork had not stripped the hand, East would have been able to get out of his hand with a black card after winning a diamond.

About the Author:

Harold Schogger has just celebrated 40 years of bridge teaching. He opened his bridge club in Hendon London in 1983. Since 1997 he has devoted his time to teaching and directing.

He holds the Professional Teachers’ Diploma from the English Bridge Union, and now trains teachers for the EBU. He is also a member of the International Bridge Press Association. Harold is the author of Practice Your Rule of 11 and the ebook Bridge for Winners.

Harold has been an OKbridge member since 1997. You can see his valuable blog posts here under the category Bridge Hand Review. Harold is also a Premier Life Master.

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