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Perhaps there is a moral

West
K94
J
J95
AQ7543
North
J765
Q1074
AQ42
9
East
A32
K52
1087
10862
South
Q108
A9863
K63
KJ
W
N
E
S
1
2
4
P
4
P
P
P
D
4 South
NS: 0 EW: 0

From the European Open at Monecatini, reported by Andrew Robson in The Times today (July 31st, and the English Times not the New York one).

Against 4 the defence cashed A and AK before continuing with a third spade. At one table South played a diamond to the ace and ran Q, which held the trick. A finesse of 9 was followed by a claim.

At the other table declarer followed the same line of play for the first five and a half tricks, but when East followed low to the second round of hearts South went up with the ace, and West showed out. A blunder? No - a misguess, for on an earlier trick West had inadvertently dropped J on the table which became a major penalty card. If West had started with KJ, he would have had to play the jack under the queen - a striking example of what is really meant by restricted choice.

Robson concludes: "Perhaps there is a moral. If someone inadevertently exposes a card, don't try to exploit it for gain; merely try to restore equity". This is:

A fine and noble semtiment, and the second South player desrrved to go down.
Complete bilge - West could have known that exposing J might gain his side a trick they could not have won by normal play, and the score should have been adjusted.
Other.

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