Bridge Hand Of The Week

Creative thinking

Jun 29, 2015
Dlr: South Vul: Both
8 7 5 K Q J 10 9 6 Q 7 5 3 ---

A Q A 8 4 A 9 8 6 2 K Q J
West Pass Pass All Pass
North 34
East Pass Pass
South2NT 36

You and your partner are playing Texas transfers (4 and 4) for hands with no slam interest, so the simple transfer followed by the game bid shows mild slam interest. With your prime values (aces and the K), you were happy to accept. West starts with a low trump. What is your plan for getting to 12 tricks?

Solution

Holding an ace and a king, West didn't see much point in starting with his singleton (partner could hardly have an ace in the circumstances). Declarer took the trump lead in hand with the 8 and led the K. West covered with the A. Instead of ruffing, declarer discarded a diamond from dummy.

West exited with a second trump, which declarer took in dummy. After crossing to hand with the A, declarer parked dummy's two remaining diamonds on the Q and J. Declarer then ruffed a diamond in dummy, crossed back to hand with the ace of trumps, thereby drawing West's last trump, to ruff a second diamond in dummy.

This set up two diamond winners in hand and declarer had A as an entry to enjoy them. He made one spade, six trumps, three diamonds and two clubs for a total of 12 tricks. The full deal:

8 7 5 K Q J 10 9 6 Q 7 5 3 --
K 4 3 2 7 5 3 4 A 10 9 7 5
J 10 9 6 2 K J 10 8 6 4 3 2

A Q A 8 4 A 9 8 6 2 K Q J