Bridge Hand Of The Week

Take care

Sep 18, 2017
Dlr: South Vul: E-W
7 12
K 8 5 Q 10 7 2 Q 8 3 2 7 5

A Q J 10 9 2 6 A J 10 9 4 3
West 2Pass
North 24
East Pass All Pass
South13

Solution

Declarer ruffed low on the heart from East at trick four and drew three rounds of trumps, ending on the table. Next he ran the Q diamonds and was delighted when it held. When a diamond was played to the jack, declarer was disappointed to see that West discarded a heart.

Declarer had to concede a trick to the K and finished down one.

Running into that diamond break was a bit unlucky, said declarer.

Luck had nothing to do with things, retorted the dummy. You should ruff the second round of hearts high then lead the 2 of trumps to dummys 8 to lead a low diamond to the 9. When that holds, you draw trumps, ending in dummy and lead the Q diamonds. Then you would always have made four diamond tricks and your contract.

The full deal:

7 14 7 12
K 8 5 Q 10 7 2 Q 8 3 2 7 5
6 4 3 A K 9 8 4 3 6 A K 8
7 J 5 K 7 5 4 Q J 10 9 6 2

A Q J 10 9 2 6 A J 10 9 4 3