Bridge Hand Of The Week

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Sep 26, 2016
Dlr: South Vul: Both
11 16
Q 7 6 7 5 A Q 5 2 K 8 6 4

A K 10 3 K 4 J 8 4 A J 9 2
West Pass
North 3NT
East All Pass
South1NT

West, a dependable customer, leads a fourth-highest 2 against your notrump game. East wins the A and continues with the 8 to your king. Do you see a way to get to nine tricks?

Solution

Declarer could count only seven top tricks and set about executing a plan that would give him the best chance of making his contract.

Declarers first move was cash the A and K, hoping to drop a singleton or doubleton queen.

Easts discard of a low diamond removed that extra chance. Next, South played the Q and a spade to the king, hoping to find a doubleton jack in the suit. Alas, there was no luck there. so declarer played a diamond to the queen and was relieved when it held. The problem of the ninth trick had reduced to getting an extra trick in spades or diamonds. So declarer cashed the A, which squeezed West in an unusual way. If he played the K, declarers J would be the ninth trick.

If he followed with a low diamond, declarer would have him counted as starting with 2=4=3=4

distribution and South would play a low spade from dummy and finesse the 10.

11 7 6 16
Q 7 6 7 5 A Q 5 2 K 8 6 4
4 2 Q 10 3 2 K 10 9 Q 10 7 3
J 9 8 5 A J 9 8 6 7 6 3 5

A K 10 3 K 4 J 8 4 A J 9 2