Bridge Hand Of The Week
Oct 02, 2017
After West’s weak jump overcall, North inquired about key cards, assuming spades would be trumps; South promised one key card. North’s 5 asked about the queen of trumps. South showed the trump queen and the K with his bid of 6. North’s 6 asked for help in that suit and South knew what to do.
Put yourself in declarer’s place on the lead of the K against your grand slam. How will you play to land all the tricks?
Declarer counted 12 top tricks and saw that, if trumps were not 4-0, a 13th trick would come from a club break or a club ruff. He also saw that an immediate heart ruff could do no harm.
So declarer took the first trick with the A, ruffed a heart and cashed the queen of trumps. West’s discard of a heart was not a total surprise.
Declarer saw that he could still rely on the clubs running, but he was reluctant to do so, and he came up with a better plan.
As it was significantly more likely that East had been dealt a singleton club than a singleton diamond (a void was unlikely due to the absence of a Lightner double), declarer cashed the K and Q before ruffing the 6. It was then a simple matter to draw East’s remaining trumps and claim the last four tricks with the A and the three top clubs. Declarer made four trumps, four tricks in the red suits, three in clubs and two ruffs in hand. The full deal: