Bridge Hand Of The Week
Jul 31, 2017
Your 2NT response showed 8-10 balanced, and now you’re in the driver’s seat, looking for 12 tricks. How will you get there after West leads the 9?
Declarer played low on the opening lead, taking East’s J with the ace. When declarer led a club to the king, East discarded a heart and declarer was in trouble. Regretfully, he saw that even if the spade finesse won, he would still only make 11 tricks. So, he played on clubs and settled for one down.
“You didn’t need to make four diamond tricks,” said a disappointed dummy. “You needed five club tricks. If the clubs were at worst 3-1, then any normal play in clubs would have produced five tricks. However, if the clubs were 4-0, as in this case, you could have done something about it only by winning the opening lead with the Q and playing the K. West would have taken this with the A and could have done no better than to play a heart to dummy’s ace. You could then have entered hand by leading dummy’s low diamond to your ace to lead the 8.
West would have covered this with the 9 and dummy’s jack would have won. “However, thanks to your winning the first trick in dummy, you could then have re-entered your hand with the K to lead your last club: dummy would have won the trick by covering West’s card. As a result, you would have had 12 tricks: two spades, two hearts, three diamonds and five clubs.”
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