Bridge Hand Of The Week

Spectacular Display

Dec 31, 2007
Dlr: North Vul: N-S
10 21
A J 10 9 8 7 Q 9 K 9 6 8 7

K A K Q 10 4 A K Q 10 6 5 4
West All Pass
North2(1)
East2
South3NT

(1) A disciplined weak two-bid in a major suit.

From his days as a Junior player, Geoff Hampson has displayed a real flair for the game. Check him out on this deal from a practice match in the early Nineties against a squad of national champions. Hampson was South.

The opening lead was the J, taken by Hampson with the ace. Hampson then cashed the A, stopping to think when his right-hand opponent showed out. Hampson had an easy nine tricks by playing four rounds of clubs to establish the suit, but he found a foolproof way to make an overtrick.

At trick three, Hampson led the K, overtaking in dummy with the ace, followed by a slow spade. When East followed with the Q, Hampson discarded the K!

East returned a heart, allowing Hampson to take five spade tricks, two hearts and three clubs. Had East returned a diamond, Hampson would have scored two overtricks. For his trouble, Hampson's team earned 12 IMPs - the world champions at the other table went off one in 4.

The full deal:

10 2 7 21
A J 10 9 8 7 Q 9 K 9 6 8 7
6 5 3 2 J 10 2 8 2 J 9 3 2
Q 4 8 7 6 5 4 3 A J 7 5 3

K A K Q 10 4 A K Q 10 6 5 4