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Bridge Puzzle


PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 05 September, 2012, 5:23pm
UPDATED : Monday, 24 November, 2014, 5:06am

Opening lead: king of hearts

A hand once played by Italian star Pietro Forquet illustrates the theme that, in bridge, you never give up. He reached four spades as shown (playing the highly artificial Blue Team Club System), and West led the K-A and another heart.

Forquet won with the queen and, expecting no trouble whatsoever, cashed the ace of trumps. When East showed out, the entire picture changed. What had seemed like an easy contract a moment earlier now appeared impossible to make.

But Forquet thought the matter over and concluded that he could still make four spades if West had three diamonds in addition to the five spades and three hearts he had already shown up with. Accordingly, Forquet next led a club to the ace and continued with the A-K-Q of diamonds, ruffing the queen after East showed out.

He then cashed the king of clubs, producing this position with declarer needing to score three tricks: 

Forquet led a club, and West, who seemed to have two sure trump tricks, suddenly found he had only one. West could not afford to ruff with the seven, which declarer would overruff with dummy’s eight, so he ruffed with the nine. Forquet found the correct counter to this when he discarded the jack of diamonds from dummy. It now did not matter whether West returned the jack, 10 or seven — whichever card he chose, Forquet had the rest of the tricks.


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