Bridge Hand Of The Week

Touch and go

Jan 09, 2017
Dlr: South Vul: Both
8 15
A 4 6 4 2 J 10 9 6 3 K 6 3

7 A K Q J 9 3 8 5 A J 10 2
West 1All Pass
North 2
East 4
South15

Darn those opponents! You didnt want to play at the five level, but you knew you wouldnt get rich defending 4, even doubled. West leads the K. Plan the play to come to 11 tricks.

Solution

Declarer could count nine top tricks and saw that the outcome of the contract depended on playing the club suit for four tricks.

If the clubs were 3-3, it would be a matter of guessing who had the queen. However, declarerturned his attention to managing four tricks from clubs if the suit broke 4-2.

In that case, declarer would need to drop a doubleton queen with West or finesse twice against East for the queen. As the latter was the better option, declarer took the first trick with dummys A and led the 3 from the table. When East followed with a low card, declarer inserted the 10.

When that held, declarer drew trumps in three rounds, then crossed to dummy with the 2 to the king and then took a second finesse in clubs.

With just two entries to the dummy, if declarer had drawn trumps before playing on clubs, he would have failed to make his contract against competent defense on the given layout. The full deal:

8 12 5 15
A 4 6 4 2 J 10 9 6 3 K 6 3
K Q J 10 2 10 8 5 A Q 7 8 5
9 8 6 5 3 7 K 4 2 Q 9 7 4

7 A K Q J 9 3 8 5 A J 10 2