Bridge Hand Of The Week

Think it through

Apr 25, 2016
Dlr: East Vul: N-S
10 0 0 11
Q J 7 3 J 9 5 4 7 2 A Q 2

A K 10 8 6 5 2 3 A 6 7 5 3
West Pass All Pass
North 2
East13
South14

West leads the 8 against your 4contract. You can count nine tricks and can try the club finesse for trick number 10. Easts opening bid, however, persuades you to look for other chances. Any ideas for getting to 10 tricks?

Solution

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 dummys jack, both opponents following. Declarers 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 dummys 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 dummys 7 and led dummys last heart. East covered this and declarer threw a club. East now had the choice of leading into dummys A Q or conceding a ruff-and-discard. Either way, declarer had his 10th trick. The full deal:

10 4 15 11
Q J 7 3 J 9 5 4 7 2 A Q 2
9 8 6 K 10 9 5 4 3 J 9 8 6
4 A K Q 10 7 2 Q J 8 K 10 4

A K 10 8 6 5 2 3 A 6 7 5 3