Bridge Hand Of The Week
Jul 25, 2016
West leads the ♠6. East wins with the ♠A and continues with the ♠ Q. You ruff low and cash the ♣K, both opponents following. Now what?
Rather than rely on four tricks from diamonds, declarer decided on another plan. At trick
four, declarer led the ♥J from hand and called for dummy’s king after West followed low (East could hardly have had the ace as part of his weak two-bid).
After ruffing a spade, declarer exited with the ♥6. East won the trick with the ♥Q and exited with a low diamond. Declarer played low from hand and took West’s jack with dummy’s ♦Q. Declarer continued by ruffing a heart high as East discarded a spade. Declarer led a diamond to dummy’s queen and ruffed dummy’s last heart high.
Declarer then drew trumps with dummy’s ace and 10. The ♦A was his 11th trick.
Yes, the defense could have beaten 5♣ – a trump lead would have done the trick – but not after the initial spade lead. The full deal: