Bridge Hand Of The Week

The right stuff

Mar 06, 2017
Dlr: South Vul: Both
14 20
K 9 K 4 A Q 5 Q 8 6 4 3 2

A J 10 3 A Q J 7 K 4 A J 5
West Pass
North 6NT
East All Pass
South2NT

Against the normal contract of 6NT, West starts with the J. Do you see a way to 12 tricks?

Solution

Declarer could count 10 top tricks, with possibilities in both black suits for extra tricks. He saw that the club suit should be broached first. After winning the first trick with the Q, declarer led a low club from dummy, intending to play the J if East had followed with a low card.

When East discarded a diamond, declarer rose with the A, and continued with the 5 just the right move.

If West had played the K, declarer would have had the rest of the tricks. When West played the 9, dummys queen won, giving declarer his 11th trick. All declarer had to do then was to make an extra trick in spades without allowing West to gain the lead.

Declarer returned to hand with K and led a low spade to the 9. When that held, he cashed the K and A before running the hearts. In the end, he made three spades, four hearts, three diamonds and two clubs. The full deal:

14 6 0 20
K 9 K 4 A Q 5 Q 8 6 4 3 2
Q 6 5 2 9 3 J 10 8 K 10 9 7
8 7 4 10 8 6 5 2 9 7 6 3 2

A J 10 3 A Q J 7 K 4 A J 5