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A Switch in Time Chapter 8

A Switch in Time Chapter 8

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A Switch in Time
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It\u2019s time for you to sit in the hot seat. You will defend 20 real hands from world-championship play. Armed with the new defen- sive machinery, can you now defeat world champs?

\u00df\u02d9\u2202\u00e7
8. You're In the Hot Seat
A Switch in Time
143
Problem 1
North dealer
Neither side vulnerable
North

\u00df K 8 5 2
\u02d9 A 7 64
\u2202 K Q 3
\u00e7 5 3

West (you)
\u00df Q \u00a1 3
\u02d99
\u02d98
\u2202 A 8 6 5 2
\u00e7 A \u00a1 8 4
West
North
East
South
\u2014
2 \u2202*
pass
4 \u02d9
(all pass)
*4-4 majors, 12-16 HCP

In the Norway vs USA round-robin match of the 1980 Valkenburg Team Olympiad, Norway was allowed to make four hearts.

You lead your singleton trump to East\u2019s \u02d98 and South\u2019s \u00a1. Declarer plays the \u22024 to the queen, partner playing the 7, and returns to hand with a trump, partner following with the queen, South winning the king. Declarer plays the \u2202\u00a1. You go up with your ace, partner plays the 9, and you switch to . . .

4\u02d9
A Switch in Time
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Solution 1
North

\u00df K 8 5 2
\u02d9 A 7 64
\u2202 K Q 3
\u00e7 5 3

West (you)
East
\u00df Q \u00a1 3
\u00df A 6 4
\u02d99
\u02d9 Q8
\u2202 A 8 6 5 2
\u2202 J 9 7
\u00e7 A \u00a1 8 4
\u00e7 K Q 9 7 6
South

\u00df J 9 7
\u02d9 K J\u00a15 3 2
\u2202 \u00a1 4
\u00e7 J 2

West
North
East
South
\u2014
2 \u2202*
pass
4 \u02d9
(all pass)
*4-4 majors, 12-16 HCP

At the table, West shifted to . . . the \u00dfQ. East captured dummy\u2019s king with his ace and then . . . continued spades. Declarer was now in control. He won his \u00dfJ, crossed to the \u02d97, pitched his third spade on the \u2202K, ruffed a spade, returned to dummy with the \u02d96 and pitched one of his losing clubs on dummy\u2019s last spade, for +420.

Witnesses say that East-West nearly came to physical blows in the postmortem. West was blaming East for not switching to the \u00e7K when in with the \u00dfA and East was blaming West for switching to the \u00dfQ without the jack. East thought that declarer could have held the \u00e7A-x-x, in which case it\u2019s vital to cash two spade tricks.

If West had shifted to clubs, the defense cashes two clubs and exits with a diamond. They later come to two spade tricks for a two-trick set. Had the American pair been using suit-preference signals, East\u2019s up-the-line play in trumps (\u02d98, then \u02d9Q) or his up-

4\u02d9

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