Bridge Hand Of The Week

Playing the odds

Feb 19, 2018
Dlr: South Vul: N-S
11 18
A 5 K J 9 8 3 K 6 3 6 4 3

K Q J 10 9 4 A 4 A 8 7 A 2
West 2NT (1) Pass Pass Pass All Pass
North Dbl 345(3)
East 3Pass Pass Pass
South1334NT (2) 6

(1) At least 5-5 in the minors

(2) Roman Key Card Blackwood

(3) One key card

West leads the K to your ace. Can you take advantage of the information provided by the 2NT overcall to land this contract?

Solution

Declarer took the opening lead with the ace, cashed the K and A, thus marking West with at most a singleton in hearts.

Declarer then continued with the J from dummy, with the intention of running it if not covered.

This would lose only if West had three trumps or a singleton Q. As the cards lay, this was the only winning line. East covered the J with the queen and declarer won with the ace, then drew Easts remaining trump.

Next he played a heart to the king and ruffed out Easts 10. The K provided the entry to the established 8, on which declarers losing diamond was thrown.

If West had shown up with one trump, it would still be correct to lead the J at trick three as it would be at least two to one that East had the Q. It is only when West has a void in trumps that declarer should play the A and K after drawing trumps. Then, if West produces the 10, declarer should make certain of the contract by playing the 9 and discarding the 2 from hand. If the 9 loses to the queen, the 8 would still take care of declarers diamond loser.

The full deal.

11 9 2 18
A 5 K J 9 8 3 K 6 3 6 4 3
6 2 2 Q J 10 4 2 K Q J 10 5
8 7 3 Q 10 7 6 5 9 5 9 8 7

K Q J 10 9 4 A 4 A 8 7 A 2