Bridge Hand Of The Week

Proper sequence

Feb 06, 2017
Dlr: East Vul: E-W
9 15
A Q 4 3 K 10 7 6 4 2 10 7 5

J 6 Q 4 A Q J 9 3 K Q 3 2
West 4
North 5
East1All Pass

Against your 5 contract, West leads the 6 (third from an even number). You ruff in dummy and play a trump to your ace, both opponents following. What is your plan after ruffing your last heart in dummy?


In dummy with the second heart ruff, declarer led the 5 to his king. He was not pleased when West won the trick. Still, he thought, All will be well if West makes the natural shift to spades.

Unfortunately for declarer, when he won the A, West exited with the 4, As a result, when the J lost to the king, East cashed a club winner and declarer was one down.

As usual, dummy was not pleased. You played the black suits in the wrong order, he stated. On the bidding, unless East opened on 9 high-card-points, West could not have held both the A and the K.

At trick four, therefore, you should have played a low spade towards your jack. This would catch East in a Mortons Fork coup as the cards lay. If he had played the king, you would have made three spade tricks and would thus have needed only one club trick.

If East had played low on the first round of spades, your jack would have won the trick and you could then have afforded to lose two club tricks. Finally, if the J had lost to Wests king, the A was certain to be onside. The full deal:

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

J 6 Q 4 A Q J 9 3 K Q 3 2