Monday, October 7, 2013

Any way to avoid this squeeze?

Playing with a pickup partner in a BBO pairs tourney, I found myself squeezed out of my heart winners on this hand.  Is there any way to avoid giving declarer his slow 9th trick on this hand (click Next to view the play)?

And yes, with the Jack of spades dropping, declarer has 9 tricks if he guesses to play diamonds correctly. But it appears that most of the field did not make 3NT.  Was the declarer at my table good or was the South defender poor?

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