Bridge Hand Of The Week

Plan B needed

Aug 06, 2018
Dlr: North Vul: E-W
12 13
Q 6 6 4 2 J 10 6 5 A K Q 5

A 4 2 A 8 7 5 3 A J 8 7 6
West Pass All Pass
North12
EastPass Pass
South14

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?

Solution

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 dummys 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 dummys 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 declarers tenth trick. If the J was ruffed, dummys 6 would be trick number 10. The full deal:

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

A 4 2 A 8 7 5 3 A J 8 7 6