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Observation again - Manx hands 7

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Posted 2021-April-29, 08:25

This hand contains a guess that both declarers got right. Can you see why?

South deals and passes. Sitting West you open 1NT (12-14) second in hand. After a simple Stayman sequence against silent opponents, you are playing the hand in 4.

North leads the ten of Clubs, you play the King from dummy and South wins with the Ace, South cashes the Ace of Diamonds and leads another Club, which you win in hand.

You draw trumps (which happily break 3-2) finishing in hand. You now have enough tricks, but you need to avoid two Spade losers. You lead the Jack from hand, small card from North on your left. Do you run the Jack or go up with the King. And why?


Hopefully you spotted the theme of this hand, which can be summed-up by a famous quote from Silver Blaze by Arthur Conan Doyle.

Gregory : Is there any other point to which you would wish to draw my attention?
Holmes: To the curious incident of the dog in the night-time.
Gregory: The dog did nothing in the night-time.
Holmes: That was the curious incident.

South dealt and passed but has already shown up with two Aces. That means North almost certainly has the other one. Both declarers played the King from dummy and made their contract.

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