Bridge Hand Of The Week

No kiss of death

Aug 31, 2015
Dlr: South Vul: N-S
9 0 0 12
J 9 8 5 9 8 6 A 10 7 A 10 7

-- Q J 3 K 9 6 4 K Q J 8 6 5
West 13Dbl
North 1NT 4All Pass
East 2Pass
South13Pass

After a typical matchpoint auction lots of bidding you find yourself in 4 doubled. West starts with the K. Can you see a way to 10 tricks?

Solution

The event was the North American Pairs, Flight A. Declarer was Ron Sukoneck, winner of the event with Bill Cole. The final margin was narrow, so failure on this deal would have kept them from the victory.

Sukoneck ruffed the opening lead, pulled trumps, ending in dummy, and played a heart to his queen and Wests king. A spade was returned and Sukoneck ruffed again. The contract could be made if the heart honors were split, but Sukoneck saw a plan that could give him two chances.

He played a diamond to dummys ace and continued with a low diamond, inserting the 9 when East followed low.

West was in but there was only one more trick coming to the defenders. A spade return could be ruffed, then declarer would cash his K, using the 13th diamond to get rid of one of dummys low hearts. He could then concede a heart and ruff his last heart. Plus 710 was worth all the matchpoints. The full deal:

9 13 6 12
J 9 8 5 9 8 6 A 10 7 A 10 7
K Q 10 3 2 A K 10 J 8 2 4 2
A 7 6 4 7 5 4 2 Q 5 3 9 3

-- Q J 3 K 9 6 4 K Q J 8 6 5

Note that if the diamonds hadnt split 3-3, declarer could have ruffed his fourth diamond to get to dummy so he could lead up to the J for his contract.

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