Bridge Hand Of The Week

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Oct 23, 2017
Dlr: South Vul: E-W
10 14
8 6 3 Q 8 4 2 A 10 2 A 10 8

K 7 A K J 7 6 3 6 4 K 9 3
West Dbl All Pass
North 2NT (1)
East Pass
South14

(1) Limit raise or better in hearts

West leads the Q against your 4 contract. Yes, you are cold for 3NT, but youre in a heart contract. How will you play to make it?

Solution

At trick one, declarer saw that the main problem in this contract was that the A was almost surely wrong, which meant declarer was in danger of losing two spades and a trick in each minor.

Declarers first move was to play low from dummy to prevent East gaining the lead profitably. East saw that if East took the first trick with the K, declarer would be able to take an extra trick in the suit by finessing the 10. East withheld the K and instead played an encouraging card in diamonds. West led the 8 next and declarer took the trick with dummys ace then ruffed the 10, eliminating that suit.

After drawing trumps with the ace and king, declarer took the only chance for his contract by playing the A, K and a third club. All this needed for success was for West to have either five clubs or both the Q and J. Declarers luck was in when the latter proved to be the case and West found himself on lead, forced to lead a spade or concede a ruff-and-discard by playing a minor suit. Declarer then claimed, for no matter what choice West made, declarer would have his 10th trick. The full deal:

10 12 4 14
8 6 3 Q 8 4 2 A 10 2 A 10 8
A Q 4 2 9 Q J 9 8 Q J 6 2
J 10 9 5 10 5 K 7 5 3 7 5 4

K 7 A K J 7 6 3 6 4 K 9 3