12th World Bridge Championships Page 6 Bulletin 14 - Friday 23 June  2006


The Teltscher Touch and the Hackett Hatchet

by Maureen Dennison

Kitty Teltscher, West, playing in the Senior Pairs with Nicola Smith, both of England, was in 6NT as West on this deal:

Board 6. Dealer East. E/W Vul.
 ♠ J 6 5 4
9 7 5 2
K 10 7 3
♣ 8

♠ A Q 8 7
A K 8 4 3
A 6
♣ Q 6
Bridge deal
♠ 9
Q 6
J 9 5 4 2
♣ A K J 7 3
 ♠ K 10 3 2
J 10
Q 8
♣ 10 9 5 4 2

North's club lead was run to the queen, and declarer played four rounds of hearts. North won and switched to a diamond: 3, 9, queen and ace. Teltscher cashed her long heart, squeezing South down to ♠K10, having to cover the long club. Now the club play put North under pressure, having to keep the K. He, too, was reduced to two spades. Declarer took the successful finesse in spades and the ♠8 was her 12th trick.

Paul Hackett, playing with Tony Waterlow, also England, was North at a different table against the same contract by West. The play at his table was identical for the first five tricks but, when Hackett was in with 9, he led a spade and broke up the squeeze not so easy to see.



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