Hand of the day #78

The Aces On Bridge by Bobby Wolff

When I started playing bridge, there were no world championships for women, let alone for seniors and juniors. Times have changed. All the deals this week come from a relatively old Junior World Championship in Florida. Since then, many of the participants have gone on to fame and maybe even to fortune.

Opening Lead: ♣6

Counting is one of the most important exercises at bridge, but sometimes you have to combine the exercise with a fair amount of inference and conjecture.

In the semifinal match between Israel and Italy, both tables made 4♠, but the Italian declarer, Matteo Mallardi, had the tougher task.

While the Israeli declarer had plenty of time on a trump lead to play on hearts, Mallardi had reached four spades after the Israeli East had the chance to double an artificial club bid.

On a club lead to the ace and the accurate switch to the J, declarer won in hand and drew two rounds of trumps. Now it looks to be a blind guess as to how to play the hearts, but West’s low-club lead implied he did not have two of the top three honors in that suit. Since East, a passed hand, apparently had six decent clubs to the ace and queen plus the J, he had no room for the A or he would have opened the bidding. So Mallardi led a heart to dummy’s king for his 10th trick.


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