Bridge Hand Of The Week
Aug 27, 2018
This deal came up in a teams match and, after identical auctions, both West players led the K. At the first table, declarer took the trick with the A and played a trump. After East discarded an encouraging club, declarer rose with the A and continued with the Q. West took this with the K and shifted to the Q. Declarer called for dummy’s K, but East won with the A and cashed the J. A third round of clubs gave declarer no winning option: West would make his 10 for the setting trick.
At the other table, the declarer took the first trick with the A and continued with the 3 at trick two, discarding a club from hand. West won and shifted to clubs, but this time declarer was able to ruff the second round of the suit. Declarer cashed the A at trick five and continued with the Q. West took his king of trumps and exited with a diamond. Declarer won the trick in hand and played the J to draw West’s remaining trump. Declarer claimed 10 tricks: six spades, one heart and three diamonds. The full deal: