Main Article 7K14 by Richard Pavlicek
4 by South
|None Vul|| A Q J|
K 7 6
J 9 8
A K J 5
| 9 8 6 5 2|
4 3 2
A 5 4 3
| K 3|
7 6 2
Q 10 8 7 6 4 3
| 10 7 4|
Q J 10 9 8 5
K Q 10
How did we win on this board? asked Joe.
Easy! said Bill, We got a club ruff to beat 4 .
Oh, come on! said Joe. Against me West led his singleton club, taken in dummy, then a heart went to the ace. East returned a club, but it was pretty simple to ruff and pull trumps. Do you mean to tell me the other declarer discarded on the second club?
Yes. And he played correctly at least in his own generation. You see, I figured it was futile to try for a club ruff, so I tried for a diamond ruff instead.
Come on! Theres no diamond ruff, argued Joe.
True, but you have to create that illusion. I led the A and continued with a diamond. As declarer, how would you play now?
Amazing. I would be a victim as well. Fearing a diamond ruff, the obvious play is to cash the top clubs and get rid of your last diamond. Ouch! I guess anyone would fall for that one.
Well, not me! chimed Bill. Id figure if he really wanted a diamond ruff, he wouldve led a club.
© 1998 Richard Pavlicek