The Disaster Corner
Murat Molva (Turkey)
This prize-winning effort was received
by email, showing once again how important the efforts of the
EBL in this direction are.
What should happen at the table for a
hand to be qualified as a disaster? How about this:
Netherlands vs Belgium
Round 5. Board 5. Dealer North. N/S Vul
© J 7 3
¨ K Q 5 2
§ 9 5 4
A Q 8 6 5
© A 8 6
§ K Q J 6
© K 9
¨ A 10 8 7
§ A 10 7 3
K J 10 7 4 2
© Q 10 5
¨ 9 3
The Belgian West's decision to make a
negative double instead of going for a juicy penalty at the
right vulnerability situation was the beginning of the disaster.
Now, perhaps realizing the missed opportunity,
West decided to recover by going for slam. Five Spades was alerted,
but explained on paper in a language that only the players were
able to understand. Maybe it was a manoeuvre to try and stop
at 5NT? East bid 6¨
and the declarer only discovered the club fit when he saw the
Declarer took the spade lead with the
queen and advanced the jack of diamonds. Now, the Dutch North,
Lagas, made a fine play by ducking this! Now the slam was unmakable
and declarer wound up down one.
First, missing a sure +1100; then bypassing
the game level; then reaching a slam that could make if a defender
slips but doesn't; and finally finding out that your teammates
have defeated Six Clubs at the other table. If this isn't a
disaster I dont know what is!
Editors note; it is even worse than
that, as Six Diamonds cannot be defeated. Say South leads a
club. Declarer wins in dummy and advances the jack of diamonds.
North ducks. But now declarer has several winning lines. One
is to play three rounds of hearts, ruffing the last one and
play the ten of diamonds from hand. North cannot avoid the impending
trump coup. Mind you this would be quite an achievement at the
Worst defense of the championship
Niek Brink - Netherlands
We all think we are good bridge players
but sometimes something goes really wrong. You can see it in
some big scores (-2000) and for sure something went wrong then.
But if you see +90 it looks like a boring board, especially
if I tell you that nothing went really wrong in the bidding.
However, I produced probably the worst defence of the tournament.
It happened in Round 6.
| Board 14. Dealer East. None Vul
7 6 5 2
© 9 7
¨ A K 9 4
§ 9 7 4
K J 10 9 8
© 3 2
¨ 6 2
§ K J 8 3
© A Q 6 5
¨ Q J 8 5 3
§ 10 5 2
A 4 3
© K J 10
¨ 10 7
§ A Q 6
was not forcing showing a 5 card suit, and for some reason East
decided to play in 2¨
instead of 1NT.
The lead was a small spade away from the
ace (!) for the bare queen of declarer, who now played a small
heart out of his hand for Northīs seven. North played back a
spade to give his partner a ruff (!) not realising that East
would like to play in spades instead of diamonds with ªAQ4.
Declarer played a heart on the spade and south ducked (!). Declarer
now played a heart to the ace and ruffed a heart with the six
of diamonds, over ruffed by north with the nine. If North now
plays back a spade the contract can still be beaten because
of a trump promotion, but North now played a club to Souths
ace. For the second time someone could beat the contract by
playing back the ace of spades, but South immediately returned
a small club, hoping declarer would take the king. Declarer
finessed the jack, and played a diamond for the ace. Now the
contract could not be beaten anymore, and the defence finished
with three diamond tricks, one heart trick and the ace of clubs.
For those who canīt count the number of chances the defence
had to beat the contract, I summarize them again. The lead was
the first, then South ducked the ace of spades (2), North didnīt
play back a spade after overruffing the heart (3) and then South
didnīt return the ace of spades after winning the ace of clubs
(4). I donīt think this is a world record, but we are probably
on for the championship record.
By the way, please notice that our coach
Kees Tammens is writing in the bulletin about defense. Perhaps
we should read his articles