Bridge Hand Of The Week

Envision trouble

Aug 27, 2018
Dlr: West Vul: E-W
11 12
7 4 3 A 3 A 8 6 4 K 9 7 3

A Q J 9 8 5 2 2 K Q 7 5 2
West1All Pass
NorthPass
East4
South4

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 dummys 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 Wests remaining trump. Declarer claimed 10 tricks: six spades, one heart and three diamonds. The full deal:

11 12 5 12
7 4 3 A 3 A 8 6 4 K 9 7 3
K 10 6 K Q J 9 7 6 J 2 Q 10
10 8 5 4 10 9 5 3 A J 8 6 4

A Q J 9 8 5 2 2 K Q 7 5 2