Bridge Hand Of The Week

Sharpen your technique

Mar 19, 2018
Dlr: South Vul: Both
5 20
J 7 5 3 6 4 A 7 2 10 9 6 5

A K Q 9 A 2 10 6 4 A Q J 3
West Pass Pass
North 34
East Pass All Pass
South2NT 3

Game was duly bid at both tables in a teams match after the 2NT opener (20-21). West leads the K against your contract.. You win the A in dummy and must decide how to continue. What is your plan?

Solution

The first declarer drew trumps in four rounds, ending in dummy. Next he ran the 10 and, after that held, played a club to the jack. When West discarded a heart, declarer had to concede defeat, losing one heart, two diamonds and one club.

Instead of drawing trumps immediately, the second declarer called for the 5 from dummy at trick two. When East played a low club, declarer covered this with the jack. When it held, he cashed the ace and king of trumps, noting the 4-1 break. After drawing the remaining trumps with the queen and jack, declarer led the 10 from dummy and ran it when East followed low. When West showed out, declarer repeated the club finesse and claimed 10 tricks: four trumps, the red aces and four clubs. The full deal:

5 10 5 20
J 7 5 3 6 4 A 7 2 10 9 6 5
8 6 4 2 K J 10 8 K Q J 9 8
10 Q 9 7 5 3 8 5 3 K 7 4 2

A K Q 9 A 2 10 6 4 A Q J 3