This article will be published together with the "VS Peferred Honors Asking Relay" article in the expert area. We played this hand with a student of mine. Eva Csiby did a nice job in this hand, playing live high level match on the BBO.
Eva was South.
Until 3♠ bid of South, every system would have worked so.
My 4♦ bid showed extra with 3 cards fit in spades.
4NT was asking for keycards, 5♦ showed 1 or 4.
Now Eva realized, that it must be 4 keycards, and she didn't need the Queen of spades because of our 10 cards fit, so she asked for preferred Kings.
She could have counted 13 tricks (7 spades, 4 hearts, and the minor Aces) if I had bid 6♣, showing the King of hearts, but I responded 6♦, denying the King of hearts, but promising the lower King, the King of clubs. Now she could see 7 spade tricks, 4 club tricks and the 2 red Aces, so she jumped to 7 spades.
The opening lead was the ten of diamonds, she had to win in on the dummy, and she made a very good plan:
She tries to ruff 3 heart tricks before trying the club suit. The trump has to be solved, and it is symmetric: 2/1 is always good and she has to guess well, when it is 3-0. ( like most of the lady players, she is very good at guessing well).
To be able to ruff the heart suit high, she needed 4 entries to the dummy.
There is 1 in heart, 2 in clubs, and 2 in spades, when she can catch the Queen of spades, so she had to start ruffing hearts inmediately, also taking care of the communication.
She did it perfectly again: She cashed the Ace of hearts, and ruffed a heart in the hand with the Jack, sparing 2 small spades to have a 2 sure entries to the dummy.
Now, she cashed the King of spades and East discarded a diamond to this trick.
Now she could play a small spade in direction the Ace and 7 of spades. We have to recognize, that if she had ruffed the 2nd heart with a small spade, West could play the Queen to the other small spade,while ducking the higher spade cards,asthe seven, so he could destroy the 2 needed entries to the dummy. (Eva have had also enough tricks if she had reached only 1 more time to the dummy, but the she had lost the contract, if West have had 3 spades and 2 hearts only, when the contract were lay down when club had lied 3-2 or there were a simple squeeze in clubs and hearts)
The rest was easy: she took the trumps finishing on the dummy, she ruffed another heart (the 3rd round), and she could go 2 times with the Ace and King of clubs to the dummy to ruff high the heart suit and having 7 spade, 3club, 2 heart and a diamond trick.
Her careful play was payed of very well, the club suit lied 4-1 so she had only 12 tricks without the heart suit.
Well done, Eva!
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