Bridge Hand Of The Week
Feb 20, 2017
Against your spade game, West starts with the K, continuing with a second heart, which you ruff. What is your plan for taking 10 tricks?
After ruffing at trick two, West counted seven top tricks. Provided diamonds were 3-2, two more could be set up in diamonds. A 10th could come from clubs. One danger was that if declarer drew trumps and ducked a diamond, the defenders would force him again. When one of them got in with the A, he would be able to cash a heart.
With that scenario in mind, declarer cashed the A, followed by a club to dummy’s king and East’s ace. After ruffing the heart return, declarer ducked a diamond to East’s 9. East could not see a trick in the minors, so he exited with a heart.
After the heart was ruffed with dummy’s queen, declarer drew trumps and claimed 10 tricks. He made five trumps in hand, a heart ruff in dummy, three diamonds and a club.
Declarer could have played the A, K and another diamond on the above layout, but that would have proved fatal if East had begun with (say) 3=6=2=2 shape. In that case, East could have discarded a club on the third round of diamonds and ruffed West’s club exit for a one-trick set. The full deal: