Bridge Hand Of The Week

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Jul 17, 2017
Dlr: North Vul: E-W
12 19
6 3 6 3 2 Q J 5 A K Q 6 5

A K A K J 8 7 4 A 4 2 8 7
West Pass All Pass
EastPass Pass

Some might view your auction on this deal as agricultural, but no matter. Your only concern is how to get to 12 tricks. What is your plan after West leads the J?


Declarer won the first trick with the A and cashed the A and K, West showing out on the second high trump. Declarer then took dummys three club winners, discarding a diamond from hand. When the clubs turned out to be 4-2, declarer ran the Q. When West produced the K, declarer was down one.

That was unlucky my line had at least an 85% chance of succeeding, said declarer.

It was a pity you didnt find a better plan, proffered dummy. After everybody follows to the ace of trumps at trick two, you should cross to dummy with a club to lead a trump, planning to cover Easts card if he follows. On this layout, the jack would win and you would have had twelve certain tricks.

Dummy continued, Even if the jack of trumps lost to the doubleton queen you would still be well placed. You could win the return and cash the three top clubs, claiming the rest if the suit proved to be 3-3. If the clubs turned out to be 4-2, you would ruff a club high and re-enter dummy by playing the 4 to dummys 6 to cash the established club as your twelfth trick. Finally, if the clubs were 5-1 or worse, you would fall back on the diamond finesse.

The full deal:

12 4 5 19
6 3 6 3 2 Q J 5 A K Q 6 5
J 10 9 8 2 10 K 8 7 6 3 4 3
Q 7 5 4 Q 9 5 10 9 J 10 9 2

A K A K J 8 7 4 A 4 2 8 7