Calling Geza Ottlik Again by Jean Besse
Late in the night I did what I did before in 1979 when Benito Garozzo missed a difficult hand. I phoned to ask advice from Geza Ottlik in Budapest. Photo: Besse – Ottlik
On 8 October, 2014 At 15:10
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VII WORLD BRIDGE CHAMPIONSHIPS
Bal Harbour FL ~ Sept. 13-27, 1986
With great sportsmanship, Edgar Kaplan and Norman Kay reported in Saturday’s bulletin on a hand where I happened to guess the winning line. (to read the article)
I now feel compelled to report on my failure on the following hand. Over optimistic bidding propelled me into 4 against Gothe and Gullberg from Sweden in the Swiss Teams.
| A 9 4 3
10 9 3 2
A J 6
Q 10 8 7 2
A K J 8 5
| 10 7 6
10 9 7 5 4 3
| K Q J 5 2
J 9 6 3
On the opening lead of a low heart ducked in dummy and won by East’s ace, I had same chances if the K was onside. Back came the Q, overtaken by West’s king, who won a second high
diamond before exiting with a heart.
Late in the night I did what I did before in 1979 when Benito Garozzo missed a difficult hand. I phoned to ask advice from the famous author of “Adventures in Card Play”, Geza Ottlik in Budapest.
Jean Besse: Hello Geza! I went down.
Ottlik: Never disturb my morning sleep, please.
Besse: After the K, I cashed the KQ. If they broke 2-2 a winning finesse would give me the game.
Besse: The spades were 1-3, and following your advice I tried to “elope”, crossruffing. Unfortunately, East overuffed the 9 and that was the end.
Ottlik: Elopement, elopement. Why? Is that all you read in my book after so many years.
Ottlik: First you had to try the club finesse. If the king was offside, then you would avoid going down two, getting a discard for one of your losing hearts.
Besse: But the finesse was on.
Ottlik: OK. Then win your clubs and ruff the third in hand. You then would have seen that West shows out on that third round ruff, discarding a heart. It is now absolutely clear that West had originally no more (and no less) than five diamonds, and therefore no less (and no more) than five hearts.
Besse: And that East would be able to overruff any attempt to get rid of my losing hearts by dummy’s ruffs,. . . .
Ottlik: And this is where you should have made profit of my book, namely on the chapter of dealing with entry-shifting squeezes:
| A 9
10 9 7
| J 5
Besse: Ah mais oui! All I had to do was to play my J! If West threw a diamond, I would overtake in dummy and establish a diamond. If he threw a heart, dummy would play low and I could establish a heart, Ca’ alors!
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