Last week was a difficult defensive play. Today it is the
turn of declarer. No one was vulnerable and South dealt. This was the
Imagine you are sitting South, with the dummy and hand below. The opening
lead was the queen of clubs. You have a great dummy and 30 HCP between the
two hands. How do you make the contract?
At the table the ace of clubs won the first trick. A low spade was led from
dummy to the queen in hand. Declarer finessed in hearts, with the queen
losing to East’s king. East then led the king of clubs and another club.
West ruffed with the jack, forcing the ace of hearts from dummy. The six of
hearts was led and the trick was won by East’s ten, with West discarding.
East now led a low spade, which dummy was forced to win with the king. You
have already lost three tricks (the king and ten of hearts and the king of
clubs) and cannot afford to lose any more. The situation now is shown below.
What do you lead from dummy?
At the table, declarer tried to get to hand by leading a
low diamond to his king. East ruffed and the contract was down. The correct
lead is the ace of spades, which you trump in hand. It is critically
important to get to hand to pull the last trump. You have plenty of winners
in diamonds and do not need the ace of spades, so the correct play is to
trump your winning ace! (If East trumps the spade first, you simply over
ruff.) Now you can pull the last trump with your nine and claim the rest.
Congratulations if you found the right play. The full deal is shown below:
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