Bridge Hand Of The Week
Dec 26, 2016
(1) Game-forcing heart raise
(2) Singleton or void in clubs
(3) Exclusion Key Card Blackwood
(4) Two key cards outside diamonds.
Against your grand slam, West leads the 9. Can you see your way to 13 tricks?
Before playing to the first trick, declarer paused to consider a plan. He could count nine top tricks and saw that he could add at least two more in clubs as long as the suit broke reasonably favorably. Also, if trumps were no worse than 3-1, he could use two diamond ruffs as entries to set up the clubs. All of this made it imperative to win the first trick in dummy, so declarer called for dummy’s J. Once East followed with the 6, declarer put his plan into action.
At trick two, declarer cashed the A and ruffed a club low in his hand. After ruffing a diamond with dummy’s 5, declarer cashed the K and ruffed a club with the 10. Next he ruffed a diamond with dummy’s Q.
All that remained was to cross back to hand via a low spade to the ace to draw West’s last trump with the ace, discarding dummy’s remaining low spade. A spade to dummy’s king was followed by the K, leaving dummy with the two established clubs to cash. The full deal: