Are there choices here?

July 1, 2009 at 12:01 pm 2 comments

WEST

sKQ108
h19432
d110972
cJ

SOUTH

sJ6532
h1K6
d1Q5
cKQ62

You are West, sitting over dummy after this auction:

West….North….East….South
Pass…..1D…….Pass…..1S
Pass…..2C…….Pass…..3C
Pass…..3NT

Partner leads the S7 to your ten and declarer’s four. What should you do now?

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Arik  |  July 1, 2009 at 5:00 pm

    I would play a H back.
    The danger with cashing 4 Spades is establishing declarer’s ninth trick without setting a fifth trick for the defense.
    The layout I fear of is declarer having S4-HAJx-DAKxxx-CAxxx
    Partner having SA97-HQTxx-DJx-CT9xx (An inspired lead)
    Playing a S back on this layout will give away the contract as partner can’t play H effectively.
    H is safe as even if the defense has 5 cashable tricks, e.g. 4 Spades plus a minor suit Ace declarer cannot have 9 quick tricks in H and the other minor.

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  • 2. Bill Jacobs  |  July 1, 2009 at 1:31 pm

    Assuming declarer followed to the spade with the 4, I’ll play heart 9 at trick 2.

    This is necessary if declarer holds
    x-QJx-AKJxx-A10xx.

    The heart switch could be a loser if declarer has
    x-AJ10-AKxxx-Axxx
    but that seems a little less likely – essentially a single layout.

    I couldn’t construct any other likely scenarios where my choice at trick 2 matters.

    The problem with a spade return is that it clues declarer in to setting up the 5th spade on a number of layouts. He will know for certain that spades are 4-3.

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