Bridge Hand Of The Week

Expert maneuvers

Jan 16, 2017
Dlr: East Vul: N-S
7 15
Q 9 8 4 2 Q 10 9 3 K 9 5 2

A 10 7 6 3 2 K Q 3 A 6 Q 4
West Pass All Pass
North 2
East13
South14

West starts with the 7 against your dicey 4 contract. East wins with the A and switches to the 8. What is your plan to get to 10 tricks?

Solution

Wests lead suggests he started with a singleton or doubleton heart, marking East with at least seven cards in the suit. On the diamond switch, declarer did not like his prospects because he was certain that East would not lead away from the K when he had a safe heart exit.

Declarer therefore rose with the A and tried for his main chance of making the contract: playing the A and dropping a singleton king. When East followed to the ace of trumps with the jack, declarer realized that the only hope for 10 tricks was for East to have started with 2=7=1=3 shape. So, after discarding a diamond from dummy on the K, declarer ruffed the Q and led a low club towards his hand. East followed with the 3 and declarers Q won the trick. All that remained was to throw East in with a trump. East then had the choice of leading a heart, allowing declarer to discard his diamond loser while ruffing in dummy, or of setting up dummys K for declarers 10th trick. The full deal:

7 4 14 15
Q 9 8 4 2 Q 10 9 3 K 9 5 2
5 7 4 K J 7 5 4 2 10 8 7 6
K J A J 10 9 8 6 5 8 A J 3

A 10 7 6 3 2 K Q 3 A 6 Q 4