Bridge Hand Of The Week
Plan B needed
Aug 06, 2018
On a plain-suit lead, you would have little trouble getting to 10 tricks, losing only a spade and two trumps. In this case, however, West starts with the 10. What is your plan to make your contract after that annoying lead?
East followed with the J at trick one and declarer found the necessary move of playing low from hand. After winning the trump continuation with the ace, declarer cashed the A, played a low club to dummy’s queen and ruffed a diamond. Dummy was re-entered with a low club to the king for a second diamond ruff. Next, a club to dummy’s ace allowed declarer to ruff a third diamond.
When declarer cashed the A, he had made one trick in spades, the A, three diamond ruffs in hand, the A and three clubs for a total of nine tricks. Finally, he advanced the J. This would be declarer’s tenth trick. If the J was ruffed, dummy’s 6 would be trick number 10. The full deal: