Bridge Hand Of The Week
Think it over
Aug 28, 2017
Your partner’s bidding was a bit aggressive, but you should have chances for 12 tricks on this deal. West starts with the 9, which you win with dummy’s ace. What’s your plan?
West’s lead was consistent with a doubleton. After winning the lead with the A, declarer cashed the king and queen of trumps, East discarding a heart on the second round of spades. The 4-1 break was an irritation and declarer paused to consider his options. Clearly, he could make the contract if East had the K by taking two finesses in the suit.
However, declarer felt that the chance that East began with the K was less likely after his 3 overcall. Instead, declarer decided to test the diamonds, playing the king and ace. This was almost risk-free because West would have had a singleton diamond only about one time in 20.
When it was East who discarded on the second diamond, the reward for playing on diamonds became clear. Declarer cashed the Q and J, throwing the J from hand. Declarer then ruffed dummy’s 8 and played his remaining trump to dummy’s ace.
Declarer called for the 10, which held, he and West throwing low clubs. This delaying tactic by West was to no avail, however, because declarer endplayed West by leading dummy’s last trump, throwing another club from hand. With only clubs left, West had to play one and declarer made his contract with the Q and A. All he lost was a trump trick. The full deal: