Answer to

Hand of the week commencing Sunday 25th March 2007

West lead the ©8, his 4th highest ,plan your play of 1NT.

 

 

 

ª

 K J 2

 

 

 

Dealer South

©

 Q 10 7 6

 

 

 

 

¨

 6 5

 

 

 

 

§

 K J 6 5

 

 

 

 

 

N

 

 

ª

Q 4 3

 

 

ª

9 7 5

©

K J 9 8 3

 

W                          E

©

5

¨

10 9 7 2

 

 

¨

K Q J 3

§

7

 

 

§

A 10 9 8 3

 

 

 

S

 

 

 

 

ª

A 10 8 6

 

 

 

 

©

A 4 2

 

 

 

 

¨

A 8 4

 

 

 

 

§

Q 4 2

 

 

W

N

E

S

 

 

 

 

1NT

 

NO

NO

NO

 

 

My students always think that 1NT is the hardest contract to make. This is partially correct, since the points are likely to be spread equally in both partnerhsips. Sometimes even when you have a good majority as with the above example (24 points total) they find the quest for seven tricks daunting.

Having escaped a Diamond lead, where do we go from here with so many options. If West has made a genuine 4th highest lead, declarer can see that the ©10 will hold the first trick. (We know this from a) the rule of Eleven – 11- 8 = 3 cards higher than the card led can be seen in dummy and declarer’s own hand  b) the only card higher than the 8  declarer cannot see are the K, J, and 9 so they must be in the leader’s hand). After winning the first trick fairly cheaply with the 10, we must now decide which black suit to broach. The Spade suit has 2 winners in it without doing any work so it seems that the Club suit needs attention first. A Club is led from dummy towards the Queen and it holds. (East could not afford to play his Ace “on air”! What now ? Another club  or switch to the Spades ? We have secured one Club trick and have the suit under control with the KJ still in dummy so we can now turn our attention to Spades. If we play a low spade to dummy’s Jack, and the finesse loses do we have enough tricks in the bag. Yes, we have 3 Spades, 2 Hearts 1 Diamond and 1 Club. If the finesse is successful we can turn our attention to overtricks and try for another club trick. Having guessed the Spades correctly, we will eventually notch up 4 Spades, 2 Hearts 1 Diamond and 2 Clubs for 2 deserved overtricks.

 

 

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