Bridge Hand Of The Week

Thrust and parry

Jan 02, 2017
Dlr: South Vul: Both
8 18
10 4 2 J 6 2 Q J 5 2 A 8 6

A K Q 9 8 6 A Q 3 K 10 3 2
West Dbl All Pass
North 2
East Pass
South14

West starts with the K against your 4 contract. How do you intend to go about collecting 10 tricks?

Solution

Declarer ducked the opening lead, winning with the A when West continued the suit. At trick three, declarer made the normal play of the 2 to his ace. When West discarded a diamond, the contract was in jeopardy.

Declarers next move was a sneaky 10, intending to play dummys queen if West played low.However, West rose with the ace and continued with the Q, ruffed low by declarer. Next, declarer gave West a no-win problem: he advanced the Q. If West took this with the king,declarer would get to dummy with the J so he could pick up Easts trumps.

After some thought, West allowed the Q to hold. Declarer countered this by cashing the K and advancing the 8, playing dummys 4.

Now it was East who had no answer to declarers strategy: if he ducked, declarer would have six trump tricks and an easy 10 tricks. At the table, East took the J and exited with a heart. Declarer rose with the ace and crossed to dummy by playing the 9 to the 10.

Next he threw his heart loser on the Q. He made five trumps, two hearts, two diamonds and a club for his contract. The full deal.

8 13 1 18
10 4 2 J 6 2 Q J 5 2 A 8 6
K 10 9 4 A 8 7 3 K Q J 7 5
J 7 5 3 8 7 5 9 6 4 10 9 4

A K Q 9 8 6 A Q 3 K 10 3 2