Bridge Hand Of The Week
Jun 19, 2017
This looks like a normal contract, and the sight of dummy’s diamond suit is welcome. What is your plan for getting to 10 tricks after West starts with the K?
Declarer saw no reason not to win the A at trick one, after which he gave some thought to his line of play. He saw that if trumps were 3-2, 10 tricks would be easy, so he turned his mind to what could be done if trumps were 4-1. If West had four trumps, declarer would need East to have a singleton queen or jack: after cashing the A, he would lead a low trump towards dummy’s 10.
If East had four trumps, declarer saw that he could pick up the suit for one loser only if West had a singleton 9, jack or queen. When one of those cards fell under the ace, declarer could continue with a low trump to dummy’s 10. After East took this with an honor, declarer could finesse for East’s remaining high card.
Declarer saw one further danger: East’s holding four trumps and a singleton diamond. East could win the second round of trumps and return his only diamond. Declarer would then need to use trumps as transport, for otherwise East could organize a diamond ruff. Accordingly, declarer called for the 8 of trumps from dummy at trick two. When West’s 9 fell under declarer’s ace, he continued with a low trump to dummy’s 10 and East’s jack.
East continued with the A and K. Declarer ruffed the second heart, crossed to dummy with a diamond to the queen and led the 6 to the 7, drew trumps and claimed. The full deal: