Bridge Hand Of The Week

Think it over

Aug 20, 2018
Dlr: South Vul: E-W
17 8
A K Q J K 9 7 5 2 4 A 7 2

10 9 8 5 A 3 A 9 8 6 3 2 3
West Pass Pass Pass Pass
North 144NT 6
East Pass Pass Pass All Pass
SouthPass 145

Against your slam, West leads a low trump, killing your chances of a crossruff. After that start, do you have a plan for getting to 12 tricks?

Solution

Rather than relying on hearts or diamonds to be 3-3, declarer decided to play for trumps 3-2 and the red suits no worse than 4-2. After winning the first trick with the J, declarer played a diamond to his ace and ruffed a diamond. Next, he cashed the K and played a heart to his ace. After ruffing a second diamond in dummy, declarer ruffed a heart and ruffed a diamond with dummys last trump, setting up two diamond winners in hand. After ruffing another heart, thereby establishing dummys 9, declarer drew a second round of trumps with the 10, throwing a low club from dummy. Then he led a good diamond and threw dummys remaining club on it as West ruffed. He took the last two tricks with the A and 9. The full deal:

17 8 7 8
A K Q J K 9 7 5 2 4 A 7 2
7 3 2 Q 10 6 4 K J Q 10 5 4
6 4 J 8 Q 10 7 5 K J 9 8 6

10 9 8 5 A 3 A 9 8 6 3 2 3