I had a wonderful time at the Penticton Regional. The largest regional in Canada and one of the larger regional in ACBL land. This year we had 3004 tables. I played with Guy Coutanche, Ernie Tradewell, Brian Fraser and Tim Ayers for most of the week.
Ernie – South, played this hand well to earn us a win in the KO.
This was the auction.
The lead was ♦ 8 (2nd or 4th best) 2, 3, the 10 won the trick. ♥ king from Ernie, 4, 3 and 2. ♥ queen, ace, 8 and 5. ♦ 4, king, ace and 5.
At trick 5. East led back the ♦ 6, queen, 4 and 7. ♠ ace from hand, 2, 5 and 3. ♠ 9, 7, queen and 4.
When the queen of spade won the trick, Ernie could tell East had the 13th diamond. At trick 8, he took the avoidance club finesse into the safe hand. ♣ 7, 2, jack and 4. Claim 10 trick for +430.
At the other table. I was East defending 3NT. The lead was the nine of of diamonds. I know South had the ten, played the jack, won by the queen. Declarer finesse the club into me, I led my fourth best diamond back, keep the ace for communications. Later on in the play was able to cash the 13th diamond for a one trick set. +50 for 10 IMPs and the win.
Here are the winners.