Bridge Hand Of The Week

Best shot

Jun 20, 2016
Dlr: South Vul: Both
18 0 0 12
A K J 7 4 3 Q 8 A 4 A 8 3

Q 10 8 6 5 A 4 2 Q J 8 K 7
West Pass Pass Pass
North 2NT 4NT 6
East Pass Pass All Pass
South145

After partners 2NT (a game-forcing spade raise), you showed your balanced minimum with your rebid of 4. Partner pressed on, however, and put you in slam. West starts with the J. Do you see 12 tricks on this deal?

Solution

On Wests opening lead of the J, declarer played without much thought, calling for

dummys queen. When East produced the K, declarer needed the diamond finesse to get to 12 tricks. Alas, East held the K and the contract failed by a trick.

When declarer moaned about both kings being offside, dummy was unsympathetic. There was little chance West would have led the jack from the king-jack-10 of hearts after such a power-based auction, said North.

Instead of playing the queen at trick one, you should have played low from dummy

and won the trick with your ace. Then, after drawing trumps and eliminating the club suit, you

would have exited with a heart. As the cards lay, this would have allowed the contract to make because the extra chance that East had begun with a doubleton heart king was there.

Upon winning with the heart trick, East would have had to lead a diamond or to concede a ruff-and-discard, concluded North. Either way, you would have made twelve tricks.

18 1 9 12
A K J 7 4 3 Q 8 A 4 A 8 3
9 J 10 9 7 5 3 10 6 3 2 10 5
2 K 6 K 9 7 5 Q J 9 6 4 2

Q 10 8 6 5 A 4 2 Q J 8 K 7