K 9 3 2
A K Q 10 7 2
Q 7 5 4
9 5 4
K 9 6 2
10 8 7 3
J 6 3
Q 10 8 5 4 3
A K 5 4 2
A J 10 8 6
Good things come to those who wait. Actually they don’t usually, but for my Gee-starved readers I’m going to make an exception. Eleven days without a column is inexcusable, I know; but will a stone-perfect 100 G-spot make it up to you? Yeah, I thought so.
Today the maestro opens one heart in first seat, employing a system I’m unfamiliar with, perhaps a futuristic ACOL in which semi-solid six-card minors are conventionally suppressed. South’s 2NT is Jacoby, and after Gee shows a stiff club it is a question of small slam or grand. RKC reveals a missing trump queen, and South apparently bargains for only four hearts because he signs off in a six: if North has five hearts then the grand is surely odds-on. Even on the layout it has chances, and makes if declarer guesses trump.
You might think six hearts is scarcely a test for the maestro, but there you would be wrong. Gee wins the club lead and promptly misguesses trump by playing a heart to the king. East shows out, discarding a club. Still no way to go down, right? Float the trump 9 to West. If he wins the queen, claim; if he ducks, play another round to the ace, ruff a club, play diamonds, and claim.
You have underestimated the maestro again. He plays a second round of trump to the ace, and now, crucially, starts the diamonds. All follow on the first round. All follow on the second round. All follow on the third round. Several 100% lines are still available. Lead a trump. Ruff a diamond in hand and lead a trump. Lead a spade to hand and lead a trump (not quite 100%). But the zero percent line is also available. Gee leads a fourth round of diamonds, discarding a spade, with the obvious result.
For Gee took the road less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.