Dave Robinson gets it right
from an article written for the
by Bill Townsend
Today's deal is taken from the National Pairs Leeds heat, and shows Sheffield's
Dave Robinson 'guessing' well. Over East's 1
, Dave bid 1NT and was raised to 3NT.
J, won by his queen. Dave first cashed the ace and king of clubs, on which East threw a spade.
Even though East is marked with
K for his opener, it looks natural to
finesse in diamonds. However, East, with
Kxx, should hold off his king for
one round, so the suit would be dead. Alternatively, with Kx, East would win
immediately but then West would have a stop in the suit.
|K 8 5
|A Q J 5 4
|9 8 6
|10 9||A J 7 2||
|J 3||K 9 8 7 5 2
|10 9 8 6||K 3
|J 10 5 3 2||4
|Q 6 4 3
|A Q 4
|A K Q 7
Dave found the solution. He led a diamond up but when West covered, he
played small from dummy! After winning the heart continuation, Dave played a
diamond to the ace, dropping East's king, for four diamond tricks and the
Note that this line would have produced only one diamond trick if
East had started with Kxx, but Dave believed he had a vital clue to the
layout. Surely East would be unlikely to make an early discard of a spade
unless he had started with four? So, given West has
Jx, East is marked with
a 4-6-2-1 distribution! Would you be convinced?
Usually there are clues, if we look closely enough, to guide us to the
correct conclusion. No doubt Sherlock Holmes would have made an excellent
bridge player, and he might occasionally have come across a 'two-pipe'
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