Bridge Hand Of The Week

What can go wrong?

Mar 13, 2017
Dlr: North Vul: Both
13 12
6 4 2 K Q 6 K 5 3 A J 5 4

A K J 10 9 5 5 3 A 9 4 2 9
West Pass All Pass
North11NT
EastPass Pass
South14

West leads the J against your spade game. You cover with the king, which loses to Easts ace. You win the heart return with dummys queen. What is your plan?

Solution

After winning in dummy at trick two, declarer played a trump to the ace. His next move was to cross to dummys A and lead a trump, intending to cover Easts card. His plan would have made the contract if either opponent had held a doubleton Q. In either case, declarer could have arranged to ruff a diamond in dummy for his 10th trick.

Unfortunately for declarer, East discarded a club on the second round of trumps and the contract could no longer be made. West could always win a diamond trick and draw dummys last trump with the queen.

Once everybody followed to the first round of trumps, the best approach was to duck a diamond at trick four, said North. After winning the return, you could have cashed the K, followed by the A and K. After ruffing your last diamond, you could have claimed 10 tricks,conceding only one more trick, to Wests queen of trumps. The full deal:

13 9 6 12
6 4 2 K Q 6 K 5 3 A J 5 4
Q 8 3 J 10 9 7 Q J 8 7 K 10
7 A 8 4 2 10 6 Q 8 7 6 3 2

A K J 10 9 5 5 3 A 9 4 2 9