Bridge Hand Of The Week

Look before you leap

Jun 26, 2017
Dlr: South Vul: None
8 20
Q 6 3 9 2 7 5 4 K Q J 5 4

A K J A K 10 7 K Q 10 7 3 2
West Pass
North 3NT
East All Pass
South2NT

West starts with the 10 against your notrump game. What is your plan for taking nine tricks?

Solution

Declarer won the opening lead in hand with the king and led a club to the 10 and king, which held the trick. Declarer continued with dummys Q. East took this with the ace and noted that West discarded the 2, suggesting that continuing spades was hopeless. East also read the 2 as preferring a shift to diamonds (if West had wanted a heart shift he would have discarded a higher spade). East duly shifted to a diamond and declarers king held the trick. Declarer could do no better than play the J and another club. When he won his second club trick, East played another diamond and West made three diamond tricks to defeat the contract.

All you had to do was let the 10 hold the second trick, said the ever-unsympathetic dummy.

Thanks to your pips in the red suits, no continuation could have harmed you. You would have won the continuation and played on clubs. You would have made three spades, three clubs and at least three tricks in the red suits. The full deal:

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

A K J A K 10 7 K Q 10 7 3 2