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Misplace an Ace, or Two
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In a local club game last night, I picked up the following hand:

South
K1054
105
K96
KQJ2
W
N
E
S
1
?

I found the obvious t/o dbl, and this is how the auction proceeded:

W
N
E
S
1
X
2
2
3
P
4
P
P
?

The intelligent action is Pass, but this was the last round and I thought we needed a good result, and I knew my LHO was a beginner who likely misread 3 as an invitation. So I doubled.

LHO needed confirmation that everyone still had a call, and that she'd still have another call if my partner pulled this double, before she passed. Obviously my partner didn't act (and neither did hers), so that was that. I led K and saw:

West
A62
J7532
A974
North
East
South
K1054
105
K96
KQJ2
W
N
E
S
1
X
2
2
3
P
4
P
P
X
P
P
P
D
4X East
NS: 0 EW: 0
K
1

West
A62
J7532
A974
North
East
South
K1054
105
K96
KQJ2
W
N
E
S
1
X
2
2
3
P
4
P
P
X
P
P
P
D
4X East
NS: 0 EW: 0
K
1

This wasn't looking promising. My immediate thought was, hopefully I'll get in with the K and shift to a trump, finding partner with the K to return a trump. Declarer called for the A.

And it hit me.

"Wait, you're missing a card," I said to West.

"What? Hm let's count it," she replied.

As she started counting her cards, the other issue hit me.

"And that's a diamond!" I nearly shouted, pointing at the Ace in her heart suit. "Um, director please!"

As the director started heading over, West picked up her hearts to move the A into its proper place. And she found the missing card hidden underneath the heart suit:

West
A
62
AJ7532
A974
North
East
South
K1054
105
K96
KQJ2
W
N
E
S
1
X
2
2
3
P
4
P
P
X
P
P
P
D
4X East
NS: 0 EW: 0
K
1

Yell

 

The director didn't have much to say before leaving me to wallow in my sorrow, sure that this contract had no chance of being defeated.

West
A
62
AJ7532
A974
North
Q8763
J97
Q84
65
East
J92
AKQ843
10
1083
South
K1054
105
K96
KQJ2
W
N
E
S
1
X
2
2
3
P
4
P
P
X
P
P
P
D
4X East
NS: 0 EW: 0
K
A
6
3
0
0
1
A
8
2
4
0
0
2
A
4
10
9
0
0
3
2
8
3
K
2
0
4
9
5
2
3
0
0
5
3
Q
8
6
2
0
6
J
10
6
6
0
0
7
4
5
8
J
3
1
7
Q
7
7
10
3
2
7
K
5
Q
4
2
2
8
A
5
7
7
2
2
9
K
10
9
9
2
2
10
Q
2
J
J
2
2
11
E/W +690
13

Made 5, -690.

 

I've borne witness to some funny tings at the club (and tournaments, for that matter). For example, one time an oponent placed her openening lead face-down when it was her partner's lead, I pointed it out, she picked the card back up...and led it face-up 2 seconds later.

But never have I seen one Ace placed in the wrong suit while yet another was hiding. On top of that, I had to be the one who noticed that the A was actually a diamond, even though declarer was looking at the A in her hand.

*Shrug*

Next board, please.

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