East-West vulnerable

NORTH (D)

{spade} K J 3

{heart} 9 7 6 4

{diam} 8 4

{club} K 9 5 4

WEST

{spade} 8 7 6

{heart} K Q J 10 5 2

{diam} None

{club} Q 10 7 2

EAST

{spade} 9 2

{heart} A 3

{diam} K Q J 10 9 2

{club} J 8 6

SOUTH

{spade} A Q 10 5 4

{heart} 8

{diam} A 7 6 5 3

{club} A 3

The bidding:

North

East

South

West

Pass

1 {diam}

1 {spade}

2 {heart} 2 {spade}

Pass

3

4 {heart} 4 {spade}

Pass

Pass

Dbl All Pass Opening lead: {heart} K

At the 2002 World Championships, the World Bridge Federation learned that the IOC has rejected bridge for the Winter Olympics -- maybe because the game isn't played on ice. The WBF's eight-year effort to have bridge included is over.

Many players agreed with the IOC decision, and an ironic and controversial incident occurred the same week. As part of the WBF initiative, players have submitted to drug testing (!), and one medal winner lost her medal when she declined to be tested.

Bridge will survive without the Olympics; players will still produce gems such as in today's Montreal deal. South, Joanna Stansby, was sure West's double was based on a diamond void: West couldn't have much in high cards. Stansby ruffed the second heart and led a LOW diamond. East won and led the king of diamonds, and Stansby played low. (In fact, the contract was now cold even if South put up the ace.)

Stansby won East's trump shift in her hand, ruffed a diamond and ran her trumps and the ace of diamonds. In the end, West had to save a high heart while dummy still had a heart, and East had to save a high diamond since South still had a diamond. Neither defender could save three clubs, so dummy won the 13th trick with a low club.

East couldn't do better by leading a trump at the fourth trick; Stansby could engineer the same "double squeeze." To beat the game, West had to lead a black card at Trick Two or, less likely, at Trick One.

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