Bridge Hand Of The Week

Lovely spots

Jul 31, 2017
Dlr: North Vul: Both
22 9
A 8 A K K Q 6 K Q J 7 5 3

K J 3 J 9 8 A 10 4 2 8 4 2
West Pass All Pass
North24NT
EastPass Pass
South2NT 6NT

Your 2NT response showed 8-10 balanced, and now youre in the drivers seat, looking for 12 tricks. How will you get there after West leads the 9?

Solution

Declarer played low on the opening lead, taking Easts 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 didnt 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 dummys ace. You could then have entered hand by leading dummys low diamond to your ace to lead the 8.

West would have covered this with the 9 and dummys 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 Wests card. As a result, you would have had 12 tricks: two spades, two hearts, three diamonds and five clubs.

The full deal:

22 6 3 9
A 8 A K K Q 6 K Q J 7 5 3
Q 10 7 5 4 9 8 7 3 A 10 9 6
9 6 5 4 2 Q 10 7 6 3 2 J 5

K J 3 J 9 8 A 10 4 2 8 4 2