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For no particular reason I logged onto BBO at the end of Round 11 in the Open, but there was only one table still in play, the Closed Room in Germany v Italy. As you will see I had certainly picked the right moment!

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West led the ace of hearts and declarer ruffed, cashed the ace of spades, ruffed a spade, ruffed a heart, ruffed a spade and pitched a spade on the six of hearts, West winning with the king and returning the queen. Declarer ruffed, cashed the ace of clubs, played a diamond to the ace and played a heart, overruffing East’s jack for eleven tricks, +150.
Neither the declarer play or the defence was perfect (declarer should have ruffed the six of hearts and by the same token West should switched to a diamond) but in 3 clubs it hardly mattered.

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West led the king of hearts and declarer ruffed, played a diamond to the ace and played the jack of spades. When East failed to cover declarer was in with a shout. He crossruffed hearts and spades to reach this position:

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Declarer cashed the ace of clubs, then the ace of spades and exited with a diamond, not caring who won. +1540 and a spectacular 16 IMPs.

(It transpired that there was a problem during the auction, as North had forgotten that 2] was a transfer to spades, which explains East’s 2 spades and South’s 4 spades/5 spades. The score was adjusted to NS +200. However, that in no way detracts from South’s bravura performance in the play.)

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