For a Second by Alfred Sheinwold
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Reading Eagle – 15 Feb 1996 by Alfred Sheinwold and Frank Stewart
“For a second there, I had ten tricks,” South sighed.
“Time bears all things away,” West philosophized.
East took the ace of spades, and South temporarily had six trumps, three winners in dummy, and a spade. When East returned the queen of spades, however, South put up the king, and West ruffed reducing the up-to-the-minute total to nine. West then led a trump; and since South couldn’t ruff his low spades in dummy or set up the diamonds, his hour had come. East got two spades, and the defense won the day.
North couldn’t resist some timely comments on South’s play. “You’re a good declarer week in and week out,” he stated, “but you’re not in mid-season form today. Let the queen win the second spade and play low again if he leads a third spade. The other guy can overruff dummy, but that’s the third and last trick for the defense.”
“Sorry,” South apologized. “It’ll he a month of Sundays before I make that mistake again.” We’d hope it’ll be a year’s worth.
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