Bridge Hand Of The Week
Jun 12, 2017
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?
West made an accurate assessment of the bidding – that North’s 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 dummy’s club suit.
After winning the second trick, declarer cashed dummy’s A and ruffed a low club, felling East’s 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 dummy’s J and discarded the 4 from his hand. Declarer ruffed the spade shift from West and dummy was high. The full deal: