After East’s play to trick one, declarer paused to consider how to enjoy dummy’s diamonds. The only hope was that West had led from a five-card suit, for then there would be a spade entry to the dummy after unblocking the diamonds.
At both tables, West led the Q. The “other” declarer took this with the king, drew trumps and played a diamond to the jack, king and ace. He had to lose three diamonds and a club.
After West’s preemptive overcall, it was easy for declarer to read the 3 as a singleton. As he was playing a 6-5 trump fit, declarer’s thoughts were of an elimination play.
This deal comes from the trials to select a USA team for the 1966 Bermuda Bowl.
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This deal comes from the trials to select the USA squad for the tournament then known as the World Team Olympiad (now the World Bridge Games). Jacoby was playing for the Aces and opposing a team led by Edgar Kaplan and Lew Mathe. The following deal was crucial to the victory by the Aces. Jacoby, South, was playing with Bobby Wolff.
USA was playing against New Zealand in the qualifying round robin.
Declarer took the J with the ace and drew the outstanding trumps in two rounds.
Declarer placed East with seven spades on the bidding and opening lead. So East had begun with four cards in the minors. The question declarer addressed was, “How can I make another seven tricks no matter how the defensive minor suits lie?”