Barnet Shenkin

Can You win the Spingold ? by Barnet Shenkin prev/next

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Here is the fateful hand which decided the Spingold Trophy , one of   the  games most prestigious events, which was played in New Orleans at the end of August .Melzer led by 12 against Diamond with 2 boards to play.West, Moss led the ♦ 5 won in dummy. Declarer, Sontag then finessed in hearts . West won and switched to the ♣ J .Sontag ruffed and led a low spade  . East,Gitelman won, and played a second club, the K. Declarer ruffed and now was at the crossroads. What he did was cash the ♠Ace . West was then able to ruff the fourth Heart ,pull Declarer's last trump and as South had pitched a club from dummy ,claim the rest for 800 to E/W.enough for 14 imps and the match. Now Scroll down to the bottom of the page.
Declarer did not do well . try and see if you can do better . Making 8 tricks is enough to win the match.Above click next to see what declarer should have done.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      
You ruff the ♣ king.  If you see the danger of cashing the trump ace you play as indicated. West gets thrown in at the end and you would make 9 tricks for +730. Did you find the winning line or go down only 1 . Down 1 or minus 200 would win you the coveted Spingold Trophy