Bridge Hand Of The Week
Think it through
Apr 25, 2016
West leads the ♥8 against your 4♠contract. You can count nine tricks and can try the club finesse for trick number 10. East’s opening bid, however, persuades you to look for other chances. Any ideas for getting to 10 tricks?
Given the likelihood that the ♣K is offside, declarer planned the play with the idea of keeping West off lead. At trick one, declarer played the ♥9 from dummy. East took this with the 10 and shifted to the ♣Q.
Declarer rose with the ♦A, West signaling encouragement, and entered dummy by playing the ♠10 to dummy’s jack, both opponents following. Declarer’s next move was to call for ♥J. East covered with the queen and declarer discarded his losing diamond. Now East tried to cash the ♦J, but declarer ruffed high.
After crossing to dummy by playing the ♠8 to dummy’s queen, declarer ruffed a heart high.
All of the preparatory work had now been done, so declarer crossed back to dummy with the ♠5 to dummy’s 7 and led dummy’s last heart. East covered this and declarer threw a club. East now had the choice of leading into dummy’s ♣A Q or conceding a ruff-and-discard. Either way, declarer had his 10th trick. The full deal: