Bridge Hand Of The Week
Jul 10, 2017
This looks like a good contract. West starts with the J. Do you see any complications on your way to 12 tricks?
East took the opening lead with the A the ace and returned a heart to declarer’s king.
Declarer saw that if the trumps were at worst 3-1 he could ruff his fourth club in dummy if required. With that in mind, declarer cashed the A at trick two. The 4-0 break complicated things, making the idea of relying solely on the club suit for the extra trick unattractive.
Declarer saw that a safer plan was to play on diamonds, reversing the dummy, so he cashed the A, played a diamond to the king and ruffed a diamond in hand. A trump to dummy’s 10 was followed by a second diamond ruff with the 9. Declarer then overtook the Q with dummy’s king. After drawing East’s last trump with the jack, declarer had the three top clubs left. The full deal: