OKbridge IMPs North
Dlr: EastQ6
KJ8754
West4East
K975KT653
9AQT632
AQJ932South865
84SAJT842732
H-
DKT7
CAQJ9


In my old papers, I recently found this bridge hand played by John Lowenthal. After a 2 preempt by East, South ultimately reached 4. West led his stiff heart.

Declarer (a well-known expert) put in the jack...queen, ruff. He then led the club jack to the king and tried a diamond toward the king. Unfortunately for him, West won the ace and returned a club, which South won in hand. The position was now:


North
Q6
K8754
West-East
K975T63
-AT632
QJ932South86
-SAJT847
H-
DT7
CA9


Declarer now ruffed a diamond in dummy, led the spade queen to the ace, and finished an inglorious down one. Not good.

At the other table, John Lowenthal also reached 4 after a 2 preempt and received the identical lead of the 9.


Stanhope
Q6
KJ8754
Garozzo4DuPont
K975KT653
9AQT632
AQJ932Lowenthal865
84SAJT842732
H-
DKT7
CAQJ9


After ruffing the opening lead, Lowenthal simply led the K! Benito Garozzo won and returned the Q but nothing could prevent Lowenthal from taking his 10 tricks. Cute.