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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Longboat Key resident Arlene McKitrick celebrated her 200th golf championship win this week at Sara Bay Country Club in an FSGA event.
Mote receives NOAA grant
Mote Marine Laboratory recently received a $99,615 grand for its dolphin and whale rehabilitation efforts from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
Correction: Heitlers to net 75 years in April
In its Sept. 18 issue, the Longboat Observer featured Plymouth Harbor resident George Heitler, a lifelong tennis player who has played tennis for most of his 99 years and is a regular at the Longboat Key Public Tennis Center.