West has passed in first seat (first technical step) and you know he should have 10 points; AK and QJ (second step). So he should not have the Q, for he would have opened (third step). If East has the Q, you are going down (fourth step). But to make 10 tricks, you need 3 diamond tricks, without losing to the Q (fifth step).
Fred concluded that, in order to make 10 tricks, the Q had to be doubleton. Every good technician would have thought along the same lines. But Fred, man about universe, a poet indeed, saw much farther, much much farther, and bridge here becomes poetry.
Do you see a finesse in diamonds (sixth step)? Read again: do you see a finesse in diamonds when you know that the Q is sitting behind the AKJ7? How can you take a losing finesse and still win? The majority of bridge players, "hommes du monde" who live at the surface of things, would have taken the finesse anyway and complained afterwards of their bad luck.
Fred pulled the last rump, pitching a spade and played the AK (seventh step), East's Q fell, as it had to, but Fred unblocked the 10 and 8 (first step of superior order, exclusive to men about universe, poets, real bridge players)!!! Fred ruffed a club back to his hand and played the precious 2 to the 7 (ninth step) for +450.
You see, you needed a diamond finesse all right and every socialite can finesse a Jack; that's a daily event, obvious on the surf. But only an "homme d'univers", a poet, can see so deep as to envision finessing the 7, just for the beauty of it.
Just bidding 4 would have given Fred an above average; +450 translated into 99% of the matchpoints.
Why can't we obtain 100% when we play perfectly? Even Fred will tell you that 99% is quite all right, because, as every man about universe will tell you, the 1% left is a reminder that the game is always greater than the players.
Do you know of a more beautiful game, of a game that shows us so clearly the fathomless power of the human brain?
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