Bridge Hand Of The Week

Bold bid, expert play

May 28, 2018
Dlr: West Vul: E-W
2 23
5 4 Q 5 3 2 9 6 3 2 8 6 4

A K Q J 9 6 A Q 4 A K 10 5
West1NT (1) All Pass
NorthPass
East2(2)
South4

You blast into game despite the strong 1NT opening on your left. West leads the K. As expected, dummy is anemic. How will you get to 10 tricks?

Solution

Declarer ruffed and drew trumps with the top three spades, noting along the way that West discarded the 8 on the third spade winner. The bidding suggested that the 15 missing high-card points would be on his left, so declarer played the A and K in the hope that an honor would fall. The failure of either the Q or J to appear helped declarer place West with four clubs.

Declarer then led a club to put West on play. After taking his two club winners, West had to lead a red suit, something declarer knew would not be to the defenses advantage. West did not want to lead a diamond, so he played the A next. Declarer discarded the 4 from hand. This left West still on lead with only red-suit cards remaining. West had the choice of leading a diamond from his king into declarers A Q or a heart to dummys now-established queen. Either way, declarer had 10 tricks: six spades, two clubs and two tricks in the red suits. The full deal:

2 15 0 23
5 4 Q 5 3 2 9 6 3 2 8 6 4
10 8 A K J 8 K J 7 Q J 7 2
7 3 2 10 9 7 6 4 10 8 5 9 3

A K Q J 9 6 A Q 4 A K 10 5