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Mixed Teams trials (Saint-Cloud, December 2018)
Dealer North, None Vul. You hold the following hand as West:
The whole auction:
What card did Danièle Gaviard lead?
She simply opted for the Ace of Hearts, in order to take a look at dummy and determine what she wants to do at the next trick.
North lays out her hand and here is what Danièle discovers:
Contract: 5♠ doubled.
Lead: ♥A. The four, ten and two.
Which suit should she play at trick two?
The ten of Hearts that Thomas Bessis played on the Ace is obviously neither attitude nor count – because of the singleton that is visible in dummy, this is suit preference for the higher remaining suit, Diamonds. There’s nothing original about it: in such circumstances, this is the classic meaning of partner’s card.
Does South’s bidding confirm this information?
Yes, absolutely. When declarer bid 4♠ after opening 1♦, she showed eleven of her cards (six Diamonds and five Spades, given that North’s raise to 3♦ had denied four Spades). In addition, East’s cue-bid of 4♦ and his Double also strongly indicate a Diamond void in his hand.
Now, which Diamond do you switch to precisely, the eight or the two? Is it important?
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