Main Import 9F38 by Charles Goren and Omar Sharif
Two of the brightest prospects on the American bridge scene are Doug Hsieh of New York City and Rich Pavlicek Jr. of Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Watch their defense on this deal from the recent Summer North American Championships, held in Salt Lake City.
4 by South
|None Vul|| Q 7 3|
Q 8 4
K Q 10 5
10 6 2
| K 10 5|
9 7 5
J 9 8 7 6
| 6 4|
A K 10 6 3
4 3 2
A J 9
|Lead: 9|| A J 9 8 2|
Q 8 7 4 3
Souths jump to four spades was, to put it mildly, aggressive. Even a trial bid of three clubs would have been a distinct stretch. He paid dearly for his folly.
Doug, West, led the nine of hearts. Since he had raised his partners suit, this showed specifically a three-card holding [without an honor]. Rich won the king and found the excellent shift to the jack of clubs. Souths queen lost to the king, and the club return allowed East to win two more tricks in the suit as West sluffed a heart.
Rich next cashed the ace of hearts and led a third round. Declarer guessed wrong when he ruffed with the nine. West overruffed with the 10 and still had to score the king of trumps for down four.
The best East-West could do at a heart contract was eight tricks, or nine if the defense erred grievously. Thus, the 200 points earned for beating the contract four tricks was a clear top for the teen-age stars. We wish some of our partners could defend this well today!
© 1988 Charles Goren and Omar Sharif