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Two Hands From the Tolle 2014
by Warner Solomon

Hand 1

Dealer West. Love All.
  spade K 10 6 3
heart J 5 4 2
diamond 10 5
club 9 8 4
 
spade Void
heart A Q 9 8 6
diamond A K Q 4
club A Q 7 6
  spade Q J 9 4
heart 7
diamond 9 7 6 3
club K J 10 3
  spade A 8 7 5 2
heart K 10 3
diamond J 8 2
club 5 2
 
WestNorthEastSouth
2club
2heart
3club
4diamond
6club
Pass
Pass
Pass
Pass
End
2diamond
2spade
4club
5club
Pass
Pass
Pass
Pass


When partner bid four clubs I knew he had some values as five clubs would be weaker. North led the three of spades .This went Q-A then ruff with the six of clubs.What now?

I played the ace of hearts, six of hearts ruff with the three of clubs. But then stupidly instead of coming back to hand with a diamond to ruff another heart, I ruffed a spade instead. Too late, now I could not make it.

The other line is to play the seven of clubs to the ten of clubs at trick 2 and then a small heart to the Queen.

Hand 2

Dealer West. Love All.
  spade 6 5
heart K 6
diamond A K 8 6 5 2
club 6 5 3
 
spade A 8 3
heart A 10 4
diamond 7 3
club A J 10 7 2
  spade K Q J 10 9
heart 5 3
diamond 10 9 4
club K Q 4
  spade 7 4 2
heart Q J 9 8 7 2
diamond Q J
club 9 8
 
WestNorthEastSouth
1NT(1)
2spade(4)
Pass
3heart
2heart(2)
3spade
Dbl(3)
(1) 11-14 (2) Transfer
(3) Shows hearts (4) Shows 3 spades

 

East, non-vul, has a difficult decision over three hearts and eventually just bid three spades.

As can be seen 11 tricks can be made.

A good method to use is that over South’s double, redouble shows a maximum with three spades and with a maximum and four spades West can break the transfer.