Bridge Hand Of The Week

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Oct 09, 2017
Dlr: North Vul: E-W
12 14
6 5 4 2 Q J 7 2 K 4 A Q 3

A K Q J 9 8 7 A 10 3 9 5 2
West Pass All Pass
North13
East2Pass
South26

Easts bid of 2 at unfavorable vulnerability is an intermediate action, showing at least an opening hand. Once partner raises, you feel good about your chances for 12 tricks. What is your plan for 12 tricks after West starts with the 10?

Solution

Declarer could count 10 top tricks. An 11th would come from a diamond ruff, so declarer focused his attention on avoiding the club finesse because, on the bidding, East was likely to hold the K. That said, East was also almost certain to have the A and the K, so declarer formed a plan on that basis.

At trick one, he called for a low heart from dummy and ruffed in his hand. Then, after drawing trumps with the ace and king, he cashed the K and A, then ruffed the 10 in dummy.

Next he played the Q from dummy. East played the A and declarer threw a club

from hand. East exited with a low heart, but declarer was not put off his original plan. He threw a second club from hand and dummys J won the trick. Declarer made seven trumps, a heart, two diamonds, a diamond ruff and a club for a total of 12 tricks. The full deal:

12 1 13 14
6 5 4 2 Q J 7 2 K 4 A Q 3
10 3 10 9 3 9 8 7 2 J 8 7 6
A K 8 6 5 4 Q J 6 5 K 10 4

A K Q J 9 8 7 A 10 3 9 5 2

Note that if declarer had covered the opening lead with one of dummys honors, the contract would have failed.