Bridge Hand Of The Week
A better plan
Dec 15, 2014
West leads the ♦10. How will you take 12 tricks?
After West's lead of the ♦10, declarer counted 11 sure winners and began to consider his options for making an extra trick. Clearly, a successful finesse in either major suit would do the job, but declarer took time to consider whether there was a better plan.
Declarer noted that the heart suit had promise, so he proceeded to show that he would make 12 tricks if he could extract all of West's minor-suit cards.
Declarer took the diamond lead in hand with the queen and cashed the ♦J. Next he played the ♣A, ♣K and a club to dummy's queen, pleased to see that the suit was 3-3. When both defenders followed to the ♦K, declarer permitted himself a small smile as he continued with the ♦A throwing a second low heart from hand.
Now declarer led a low heart from table with the intention of covering East's card. When East put up the ♥10, declarer played the queen. West won the trick with his king, but he had only major-suit cards remaining - and no winning option. If he chose a spade, declarer would make three spade tricks. When West exited with the ♥6, hoping his partner had the 9, declarer produced that card and claimed the slam. The full deal: