Bridge Hand Of The Week
Think it over
Aug 20, 2018
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?
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 dummy’s last trump, setting up two diamond winners in hand. After ruffing another heart, thereby establishing dummy’s 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 dummy’s remaining club on it as West ruffed. He took the last two tricks with the A and 9. The full deal: