Analitycal Power par Excellence by Phillip Alder

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The best declarers anticipate bad breaks and plan how to overcome them.

Benito Garozzo-Dano De Falco
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Ocala Star-Banner – 13 May 1992

Philip Alder

Philip Alder

The best declarers anticipate bad breaks and plan how to overcome them. Arguably the player who is best known for this ability is Benito Garozzo, an Italian who has lived in the United States for several years. To match wits with Garozzo, cover the East-West cards in the diagram.

Against your contract of 2, West leads the 9: 2, 10, Q. How do you continue?

The deal occurred at the Sunday Times/Macallan Malt Whisky Pairs Championship in London January 1992. The natural line is to cross to dummy with a heart at trick two and take a spade finesse. However, West wins and continues clubs.

Then the 13th club from East effects a trump promotion for West. If South ruffs low, West overruffs. If South ruffs high, West discards. And if South sheds the diamond two, West throws his second heart and receives a heart ruff.

Anticipating this, Garozzo won trick one and immediately played three rounds of hearts, discarding a club from his hand. West threw a club too. East switched to the 3: Q, K. West returned his last club, East winning with the J and leading the A.

Declarer ruffed low and West overruf fed with the 7. Now, though, West had only spades and diamonds left, and whichever card he led would cost a trick in that suit. He selected a diamond, but Garozzo ran it to his queen and held his losses to five tricks: three spades, one heart and one club. In a star studded field, Garozzo was the only declarer to make two spades on this hand.

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