Bridge Hand Of The Week

Card placement

Jul 25, 2016
Dlr: East Vul: E-W
12 11
7 5 3 K 10 8 7 K Q 5 A 10 7

2 J 6 A 8 7 4 K Q J 8 6 2
West 3All Pass
North 4
East2Pass
South35

West leads the 6. East wins with the A and continues with the Q. You ruff low and cash the K, both opponents following. Now what?

Solution

Rather than rely on four tricks from diamonds, declarer decided on another plan. At trick

four, declarer led the J from hand and called for dummys king after West followed low (East could hardly have had the ace as part of his weak two-bid).

After ruffing a spade, declarer exited with the 6. East won the trick with the Q and exited with a low diamond. Declarer played low from hand and took Wests jack with dummys Q. Declarer continued by ruffing a heart high as East discarded a spade. Declarer led a diamond to dummys queen and ruffed dummys last heart high.

Declarer then drew trumps with dummys ace and 10. The A was his 11th trick.

Yes, the defense could have beaten 5 a trump lead would have done the trick but not after the initial spade lead. The full deal:

12 8 9 11
7 5 3 K 10 8 7 K Q 5 A 10 7
K 10 6 A 9 5 3 2 J 2 9 4 3
A Q J 9 8 4 Q 4 10 9 6 3 5

2 J 6 A 8 7 4 K Q J 8 6 2