Bridge Hand Of The Week
Jan 26, 2015
West leads the ♥Q. East overtakes with the ♥K and exits with the ♦3. East clearly has a plan. How will you foil it to come to 10 tricks?
Declarer was certain that the ♦3 was a singleton and that East was expecting to gain the lead with the king of trumps, his idea being to get to West via the ♥J so that he could get a diamond ruff.
The bidding and play to date suggested that East had both black kings, otherwise East's opening would be on a 10-point hand. Declarer did not fancy playing a spade to the ace and another trump for that would rely on a 2-2 trump break and East beginning with a 2=5=1=5 shape. As it was far more likely that East began with only three or four clubs, declarer took the diamond shift in dummy and ran the ♣Q. He continued by playing a club to the ace, then returned to dummy's ace of trumps to lead the ♣J. When East covered this with the king, declarer discarded his remaining heart.
This loser-on-loser maneuver removed the possibility of a diamond ruff by killing the entry to West's hand.
Seeing no future in hearts, East continued by playing a fourth round of clubs. Declarer ruffed high then forced out the king of trumps. All he lost was one trump, one heart and one club.
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