West leads the Q♠ and, when Dummy goes down, Declarer can see that his 6♥ contract is quite hopeless. The A♣ must be lost, and there is no way to avoid a Diamond loser. Declarer will win the opening Spade, draw trumps and then cash the K♦ and A♦ before conceding the third round of Diamonds. When West wins the J♦, he will quickly shift to a Club, and East’s A♣ scores the setting trick before Declarer’s Clubs disappear on the long Diamonds. Down one.
But that’s not what happened! It’s true, looking at all four hands, that 6♥ should go down, but West was looking at only two hands. Taking advantage of that, Declarer came up with a truly brilliant deception. He ducked the opening lead in both hands! The defense can now cash the A♣ to beat the contract, but it never occurred to West that his partner might have the A♣ and not the A♠. So, naturally enough, West persisted with Spades. Imagine West’s surprise when Declarer’s Ace won the second Spade trick! Next, trumps were drawn, a Diamond was pitched on the K♠, the K♦ was cashed, then the A♦, and a Diamond was ruffed. Now there were two good Diamonds in Dummy on which Declarer was able to pitch his losing Clubs, making 12 tricks!
A most unusual hand! Declarer started out with an inescapable loser in Diamonds and another in Clubs. But, thanks to that lovely first round double duck, he ended up losing a Spade but nothing else!
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Hat's off to Dee Pelton, volunteers
Dee Pelton held a luncheon that will be tough to top.
Youth sailors descend on City Island
Approximately 250 people hit the water Saturday, April 20 through Sunday, April 21, for Sailfest. The regatta, Sarasota Youth Sailing's biggest fundraiser of the year, included four classes of competition — Optimus, 420, Laser and Multi-hull — and a barbecue feast.
Book club sunsets for the season
The Sunset Beach Book Club, in its 10th year, ended this season with a luncheon and discussion of the book “Gone Girl,” by Gillian Flynn, April 18, at Lazy Lobster. Discussion moderator was Ricki Carroll. Together, the group read five books this season.