Answer to

Hand of the week commencing Sunday 13th May 2007  

Partner leads 10  plan your defence

 

 

 

4  

 

 

 

 

A Q J 6 5 3

 

 

 

 

 J 4

 

 

 

 

K 10 3 2

 

 

 

 

 

N

 

 

10 8

 

 

A K J 6 5 3

 K 8 7

 

W                          E

9 4 2

 K 10 9 8 2

 

 

5 3

 Q 9 4

 

 

J 7

 

 

 

S

 

 

 

 

Q 9 7 2

 

 

 

 

10

 

 

 

 

A Q 7 6

 

 

 

 

A 8 6 5

 

 

W

N

E

S

 

 

1

1

DBL

 

NO

2

NO

3NT

 

NO

NO

NO

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You have achieved your goal of getting partner to lead a Spade. Now it is essential to keep communications with partner. As you have no outside entry and all your assets are in Spades it is vital a) to duck the first spade, b) hope that partner started with at least 2 spades c) partner has an entry.

Once you duck the Spades, when partner gains the lead with the K he will be able to play another Spade and you will obtain 5 Spade winners to set the contract by two tricks. The principle is the same as leading (had you been on lead with this hand) ie  here you would lead a low one to retain the Ace/King as entries so, here, you duck to retain the Ace/King as entries. If you have an extra entry outside the suit then the duck is only an alternative. Here it is mandatory.

 

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