Bridge Hand Of The Week

Maneuvering

Jun 12, 2017
Dlr: East Vul: E-W
10 10
Q 5 2 K 9 8 5 A J 10 9 8 3

K 4 A 8 6 5 Q J 10 7 4 3 4
West 2
North 5
East1All Pass
South2

Your partner made an aggressive bid putting you in 5, but you have chances. West starts with the A and continues with another diamond. What is your plan for getting to 11 tricks?

Solution

West made an accurate assessment of the bidding that Norths jump to 5 was based on distribution, hence his lead and continuation. After that, declarer could see that to make his contract he would have to establish dummys club suit.

After winning the second trick, declarer cashed dummys A and ruffed a low club, felling Easts king. If the K was a true card from a doubleton, declarer saw that he would be one entry short to establish and enjoy the clubs.

Declarer found a neat solution to this problem by playing the K next. If East had taken the trick with the A, the Q would have provided a third entry to the dummy. When East let the K hold, declarer cashed the A and ruffed a heart. He then led dummys J and discarded the 4 from his hand. Declarer ruffed the spade shift from West and dummy was high. The full deal:

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

K 4 A 8 6 5 Q J 10 7 4 3 4