Bridge Hand Of The Week

The right touch

Oct 22, 2018
Dlr: South Vul: E-W
4 23
J 10 9 6 4 8 6 4 K 6 4 7 6

A K Q A Q A 9 5 2 A 8 5 2
West Pass Pass Pass Pass
North 233NT 4
East Pass Pass Pass All Pass
South22NT 34

Solution

West led the 5. Declarer won in hand with the queen and crossed to the K to take the heart finesse. West won with the king and exited with a second trump. Declarer won in hand with the K and played the A and another club. East won the trick and played a third trump to declarers ace. Declarer now ducked a diamond, letting Wests 8 hold. West continued with the K. Declarer ruffed in dummy and then cashed the A. When the diamonds proved to be 4-2, he was down one.

Declarer offered a weak apology to his partner and then muttered, Nothing was right in the red suits.

North was not impressed. You had nine top tricks, he said. A dummy reversal would have given you a 10th. All you had to do was cash the A at trick two and play the Q at trick three. West wins and leads a second trump to your king. Then you cross to dummy with a low diamond to the king and ruff dummys remaining heart with the A. You would have a choice of suits to play next but I would try the A and another club. After a defender wins this trick he cannot prevent you from entering dummy with a high ruff of a club to draw the last trump. You would have 10 tricks five trumps, one heart, a heart ruff and the three minor-suit tops. The full deal:

4 9 4 23
J 10 9 6 4 8 6 4 K 6 4 7 6
8 5 K J 9 7 3 J 8 K J 9 3
7 3 2 10 5 2 Q 10 7 3 Q 10 4

A K Q A Q A 9 5 2 A 8 5 2