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Old 06-24-2011, 08:04 AM
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From Frank Stewart's column today

How did South fail at 6S?
Code:
                           AKQ3
                            2
                            532
                            QJT52

-                                                 J75
AJ98753                                     K6
J7                                               T876
A943                                          K876

                            T98642
                            QT4
                            AKQ4
                            -
Bidding: West opened 4H at favorable vul; N doubled; S bid 5S; N bid 6S.

The play:
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West led H A; E (Zia) followed with K. West led another heart, dummy ruffed high.

I suppose the play might well have gone the same had E followed low (as Stewart points out, W should play a second heart anyway, upon seeing dummy, but this was more impressive.
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Old 06-24-2011, 12:36 PM
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Interestingly, I don't think the hand can be made if East just follows with a low heart. But playing the king made the hand cold(!), if declarer just pitches from dummy. After all, two red-suit losers must be ruffed, but in doing so, you set up east's spade jack.
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Old 06-24-2011, 10:24 PM
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An unusual form of Grosvenor gambit, requiring cooperation from the gambiteer's partner, as even after the heart king the hand could not be made on a diamond or low club shift unless west continues with a heart.
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it's certainly easy to credit west with an 8-card suit. What do e/w play from AK?
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