Bridge Hand Of The Week
Thrust and parry
Jan 02, 2017
West starts with the K against your 4 contract. How do you intend to go about collecting 10 tricks?
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.
Declarer’s next move was a sneaky 10, intending to play dummy’s 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 East’s trumps.
After some thought, West allowed the Q to hold. Declarer countered this by cashing the K and advancing the 8, playing dummy’s 4.
Now it was East who had no answer to declarer’s 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.