It is always satisfying to be in on a hand where the defence and declarer have alternative lines of play, depending on how each of the players play.
Declarer ducked, won the continuation and dislodged the ace of clubs.
The Brighton Summer Congress midweek Mixed Pivot Teams produced this hand which set declarer
a problem which many failed to overcome.
Two declarers, seeing the danger above, ducked the queen of clubs.
A recent teams-of-eight County match saw a subtle contest between declarer and defenders on the following head.
This hand, from the Teams Finals, saw half the declarers making, the other half going down.
Those that continued gave declarer an easy path to nine tricks.
With 11 tricks to declarer and all other declarers going down this simple ploy brought rich rewards.
A ploy not spotted by any other declarer brought Victor Silverstone his contract on this board, and the award for the event's best played hand.