Bridge Hand Of The Week
Feb 27, 2017
Against your 4 contract, West leads the Q. You cover with the king, which loses to the ace. Another heart puts West back on lead and he exits with the 10. Now what?
This deal occurred in a teams match. The auction and early defense were identical at both tables. After the Q went to the king and ace, both Easts returned the 4 heart to West’s 9. Both Wests exited with the 10 taken by dummy’s king.
At the first table, declarer played the two of trumps to his king and West’s ace. When West exited with the 9, declarer won the trick with dummy’s ace. He cashed the A, planning to ruff a club back to hand. When West dropped the K under the ace, declarer believed this had to be a singleton, so he ruffed a diamond with his 7. West overruffed with the 9 to set the contract by one trick.
The second declarer appreciated that the only danger to his contract was if West held all of the outstanding trumps. He saw if he played a trump at trick four, he might have to guess which minor suit to ruff to return to hand.
To circumvent such difficulties, declarer cashed dummy’s A and A before playing the 2 to his king.
West won with the ace, but when he tried to cash the K, declarer ruffed, drew trumps and claimed. He made seven trumps, two diamonds and a club. The full deal: