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  3rd TGR´s Auction 2012


The Sacrifice of a King by Ana Roth


 In chess, a sacrifice is a move giving up a piece in the hopes of gaining tactical or positional compensation in other forms. A sacrifice could also be a deliberate exchange of a chess piece of higher value for an opponent's piece of lower value. Any chess piece except the king can be sacrificed.  In contrast, in bridge, even the king may be sacrificed in pursuit of a satisfactory outcome.



 During the weekend from 14 to 16 January 2012 in the TGRs Bridge Club, 44 Great Cumberland Place, London, was played the third annual TGRS Auction Pairs, described in their site with these words:


 This event is designed for every bridge player who wants to test their mettle and earn their value at Auction. What does that mean? This event is for you if you have money, want to win money, can play bridge, or just love to be in the action!


 54 pairs played this year edition, among which we can mention: Zia MAHMOOD - David BAKHSHI; Marshall LEWIS - David BURN, Alexander ALLFREY - Andrew ROBSON, Juan Carlos VENTIN - Frederic WRANG, Simon GILLIS - Boye BROGELAND. The winners of the TGRs Auction Pairs, for the second consecutive year were Adalsteinn Jorgensen y Bjarni Einarsson, from Iceland.


 The event was transmitted in BBO and here is a hand where one defender had to sacrifice his trump King to defeat the contract.       


 N/S: Frank Svindahl- Geir Brekka (Norway)  O/E: Beata RUMINSKA - Stanislaw RUMINSKI  (Poland)


 MP, Dealer: East, Vul None


7 3
7 5 2
10 8 5
A K 10 6 5

4 2
Q J 6
K Q J 6 4
Q 7 3

A Q J 9 8 6
K 4
9 8 4 2


K 10 5
A 10 9 8 3
A 7 3 2






F. Svindhal


G. Brekka




2 Pass 31 Fin


 1) 11-12 with 6 spades cards


 Lead: J


 G. Brekka begun with his stiff J, dummy played a little one and both North (5) and the declarer played a little one too



 So South arrived to an uncomfortable position. A spade continuation would allowed East to fulfill his contract, inevitably a few tricks later he would find himself end played and obliged to play heart or diamond, allowing the declarer to enter dummy to pitch his club losers.


Photo: Geir Brekka


 A diamond continuation, looking dummy's diamond suit was less than attractive. So South decided to play a little heart, dummy played a little one too, North played his 2, showing odd number of cards and declarer won the trick with his K to play his only diamond.


 But Brekka already knew declarer's shape: 6 spades, 2 hearts, 1 diamond and 4 clubs, so he won with his A, played his A and continued with  his 10...Ruminski won the trick with his J.


 Now things were:


10 8
A K 10 6

K Q J 6
Q 7

A Q 9 8 6

9 8 4


K 5
10 9 8
7 3 2


 When East played the A...South immediately realized that if he played a little spade, next trick he was going to be end played by declarer with his K, and that he would have to play a heart or a diamond for a much needed dummy's entry...helping declarer to pitch his club losers, so he threw his trump king... trading one trick for three and defeating the contract...two down...


 A nice defense, well done Geir!