Undaunted by relegation to the side one day bracketed KO after missing the IMP Pair final, Jason and I took on a team of friends from Chicago in the first round. This hand came up early on in the match:
we reached 3 clubs played by Jason (South) via Precision 2 Diamonds-3 Clubs. West got off to the unfortunate lead of the club ace crashing his partner's queen. A trump continuation went to the king and East switched to a diamond. Jason won in dummy and played the king of spades. East won the ace and returned another diamond. Jason won the king pitching a heart and played another spade to the jack. East won again and continued diamonds, Jason ruffing with the jack. he cashed his spade ten pitching a heart and led the last spade in this position:
He ruffed with the ten and West had no good discard! A heart would allow Jason to finesse in hearts, draw trump and enjoy the last two hearts. A diamond would let him play winners through West, and an underruff lets him take the heart finesse and crossruff. I think that this ending is called a backwash squeeze, so-named in the Ottlik/Kelsey classic "Adventures in Cardplay." If Jason had taken a heart finesse before establishing his spade trick, it looks like he would have made 3 with less fanfare since the eventual spade ruff provides the entry to take a second heart finesse, but then there would be no story.
West's full hand was:
Mighty deuce-four strikes again
3 months ago