Bridge Hand Of The Week
Jun 29, 2015
You and your partner are playing Texas transfers (4♦ and 4♥) for hands with no slam interest, so the simple transfer followed by the game bid shows mild slam interest. With your prime values (aces and the ♣K), you were happy to accept. West starts with a low trump. What is your plan for getting to 12 tricks?
Holding an ace and a king, West didn't see much point in starting with his singleton (partner could hardly have an ace in the circumstances). Declarer took the trump lead in hand with the 8 and led the ♣K. West covered with the ♣A. Instead of ruffing, declarer discarded a diamond from dummy.
West exited with a second trump, which declarer took in dummy. After crossing to hand with the ♦A, declarer parked dummy's two remaining diamonds on the ♣Q and ♣J. Declarer then ruffed a diamond in dummy, crossed back to hand with the ace of trumps, thereby drawing West's last trump, to ruff a second diamond in dummy.
This set up two diamond winners in hand and declarer had ♠A as an entry to enjoy them. He made one spade, six trumps, three diamonds and two clubs for a total of 12 tricks. The full deal: