Bridge Hand Of The Week

Looking ahead

Jul 09, 2018
Dlr: West Vul: E-W
8 16
10 9 7 3 2 K 6 4 3 A 2 J 3

K Q J 8 4 8 7 5 K 3 A K 6
West1Pass All Pass
NorthPass 2(1)
EastPass Pass
South14

West leads the Q. You play low from dummy and East wins the A, obviously a singleton. East continues with the 10. How will you play after winning with the A?

Solution

Considering that East, who had passed his partners opening bid, took the first trick with the A, declarer placed the A on his left. Clearly there would not be a problem if West had at least two trumps, so declarer turned his thoughts to overcoming the problem of West having a bare A.

Declarers plan was to strip the minor-suits from his hand and dummy before playing a trump. If East ruffed the K he would then have no satisfactory exit card. So after taking the club shift at trick three with the ace, declarer cashed the A and K, then cashed the K and ruffed the 6 high. Only then did he call for a trump from dummy. West took the K with the ace and returned a predictable J. Declarer covered this with the king and East ruffed

with his remaining trump. With only minor-suit cards remaining, East had to play one, allowing declarer to throw his heart loser on the return and ruff it dummy for his 10th trick. The full deal:

8 12 4 16
10 9 7 3 2 K 6 4 3 A 2 J 3
A Q J 10 9 2 Q J 10 6 Q 7 4
6 5 A 9 8 7 5 4 10 9 8 5 2

K Q J 8 4 8 7 5 K 3 A K 6