An En Passant Entry by P. O. Sundelin

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The following deal arose recently in a club game

P. O. Sundelin
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Extracted from: IBPA Bulletin N* 613 February 10, 2016

The following deal arose recently in a club game:

 A 10 4
 6 4 2
 K 3
 A K J 6 3
 J 9 7 6
 Q J 5 3 
 J 9 
 Q 9 4
 2
 A K 10 9 7
 A 10 7 6 5
 8 7
 K Q 8 5 3
 8
 Q 8 4 2
 10 5 2
West North
East South
P.O. Sundelin
1NT 2 2
4 4 End

West led the queen of hearts and was allowed to hold it. He made the ‘obvious shift’ to the jack of diamonds, three, five, queen. I led a club to the jack, then the K.

East won and played the eight of clubs to the five, nine and king. I took the ace of spades and crossed to the king of spades (East discarded a heart), led a club to the ace and ruffed a heart, to leave:

 10 
 6 
 
 6 3
 J 9 
 J 5  
  
 
 
 A 10 
 10 7 
 —
 Q 8 
 —
 8 4 
 —

When I led the four of diamonds from hand, West could not prevent me from reaching dummy to discard my other losing diamond on a club.

West made only the jack of spades. Is there a name for this en passant play that gives a direct or later entry for a discard? West could have made it more difficult by following to the second club with the queen rather than the nine.

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