Bridge Hand Of The Week
Make them pay
Oct 05, 2015
Bids showing two suits can be effective in competitive auctions, but be careful. A two-suited bid can also provide a roadmap for an astute declarer. Such a case occurred on this deal from the d’Orsi Senior Teams at the 40th World Bridge Team Championships in Veldhoven, Netherlands in 2011. West’s 2♣ was a Michaels cuebid, showing the majors, typically 5-5. Against the club slam, West starts with the ♥K. Put yourself in declarer’s seat and plan the play.
At one table, declarer took the ♥A at trick one, cashed the ♣K then the ♦A, ruffing a diamond to hand to run clubs. West had no trouble finding discards and the slam finished one down. It was a different story when Miguel Villas-Boas of Brazil was declarer in 6♣.
At trick one, Villas-Boas made the key move of playing low, rectifying the count for the squeeze declarer envisioned from the outset thanks to West’s bid of 2♣.
The Australian opponent played a trump at trick two, taken in dummy with the king. Villas-Boas then played a spade to his ace and ran his trumps, reaching this ending.
When declarer played the ♦9 from hand, West had to surrender. A spade pitch would allow declarer to play dummy’s spade to his hand to cash the ♠7, pitching dummy’s losing heart. In practice, West threw a heart, allowing declarer to cash the ♥A and ♥8 to pitch the ♠7 from hand. The full deal: