Mortons Fox presents West with two equally bad options
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This hand came up last night on Bridge Base Online and declarer missed a great chance to pull off a nice play. Try and solve it and Ill give you a hint ... it involves a Mortons Fork coup!
Board 3. E/W Vul. Dealer South.
WEST NORTH EAST SOUTH
1D dbl Pass 2D
Pass 3C Pass 6C
North had a great hand for his negative double with some points and great shape over Souths forcing 2D bid he retreated to 3C and that was all South needed to hear to bid the club slam.
West led the diamond queen and things didnt look great with apparently a loser in each major suit, but were in fact pretty good given that West probably held the Ace of hearts for his bid. The key is for South to ruff the first diamond and not commit himself to any discards from dummy too early . Now declarer draws two rounds of trumps ending in hand and leads the heart nine West is dead !
The full hand :
If he takes the Ace, declarer wins any return, cashes the heart king and ruffs a diamond in dummy to discard the losing spade on the heart queen contract made! If, on the other hand, West ducks the heart, declarer wins in dummy, comes to hand with a spade and discards both dummys hearts on the Ace- King of diamonds, ruffs the heart and claims! That is the Mortons Fork West has two options neither of them good!
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