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Torturing an opponent
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With all of the great bridge at the USBC, here is a defensive problem from a sectional Swiss that reflects the different level of play:

West
KQ10985
42
1063
97
North
J62
Q853
Q95
K83
W
N
E
S
 
2
2
P
P
2N
P
3N
P
4N
P
6N
P
P
P

You lead the K, which wins the trick, partner contributing the 4 and declarer the 3. What next?

I hope you didn't spend much time figuring it out. Clearly, it makes no sense. Declarer could not possibly bid this way without the A, and if he needed a second spade trick, he doesn't need to duck and trick you; he can just win and lead up to the J. The only conclusion is that declarer has twelve top tricks, no prospect for a thirteenth, and is messing with you.

West
KQ10985
42
1063
97
North
J62
Q853
Q95
K83
East
4
107
J8742
J10642
South
A73
AKJ96
AK
AQ5
W
N
E
S
 
2
2
P
P
2N
P
3N
P
4N
P
6N
P
P
P
D
6NT South
NS: 0 EW: 0

At the table, I was declarer, and simply claimed twelve tricks after a quick examination of dummy. It didn't occur to me until later that I could have tortured my LHO by ducking trick one. Even if it had, I like him too much to do so. However, my enemies should be on notice! I have a new trick in my bag!

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