VIENNA COUP – Sunday 1=12=02

(From Bulletin of NABC-Phoneix)

 

Rena Hetzer and Ruth Hamilton may not have set the LM qualifiers on fire but Hetzer displayed nice technique here.

                  A 5 3

                  K 9 7 4

                  A 4

                  K Q 9 6

 10 8 6 2                   ♠ K J 7 4

  6 2                           Q J 8 5 3

  10 9 8 5 3 2              K Q J

 10                            5

                   Q 9

                   A 10

                   7 6

                   A J 8 7 4 3 2

When Rena opened 1NT, Ruth (who admits to having celebrated her 90th birthday and who attracted Rena’s admiration by deciding to play the Open, not the Women’s, LM Pairs) raised to 3NT. On the K lead, Rena exhibited good technique. She ducked the first trick, won the diamond continuation, cashed the ♦ A and ran all the clubs. This was the three-card ending:

 

         K 9 7

         --

         --

         ♣ --

♠ 10             K

6 2            Q J 8

-                 --

  --             --

         Q

         A 10

         --

        

East still had to discard and was helpless – a perfect Vienna Coup. If he discarded the ♠ K, dummy’s ♠ Q would be good. If he discarded a low heart, Rena could cash three hearts.