Bridge Hand Of The Week

Coping

Jul 10, 2017
Dlr: North Vul: E-W
13 18
K J 10 2 Q 4 K 7 4 3 A 5 2

A Q 9 7 5 K 3 A 8 K Q 10 3
West Pass Pass Pass All Pass
North1245
EastPass Pass Pass Pass
South134NT 6

This looks like a good contract. West starts with the J. Do you see any complications on your way to 12 tricks?

Solution

East took the opening lead with the A the ace and returned a heart to declarers 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 dummys 10 was followed by a second diamond ruff with the 9. Declarer then overtook the Q with dummys king. After drawing Easts last trump with the jack, declarer had the three top clubs left. The full deal:

13 3 6 18
K J 10 2 Q 4 K 7 4 3 A 5 2
J 10 9 7 2 J 9 5 J 9 8 7 4
8 6 4 3 A 8 6 5 Q 10 6 2 6

A Q 9 7 5 K 3 A 8 K Q 10 3