Plan the play…the solution

January 12, 2011 at 7:18 am 1 comment

NORTH 

sAJxx
h1A7
d197xx
cxxx

WEST 

sx
h1KJxx
d1K10xxx
cxxx

EAST 

sKxx
h1Q10xxx
d1J
cKxxx

SOUTH 

sQ10xxx
h1xx
d1AQx
cAQJ

Contract: 4S
Opening lead: trump

This hand was played by David Wei in Melbourne at rubber bridge.

It’s not a bad contract, single dummy: something like two out of three finesses, but we can see that only one of those is making. Watch and wonder.

David Becket began with a trump and Wei rose ace. He finessed a club, played a big spade from hand to East, Hinge, who tried his diamond. Declarer rose ace on that, drew another trump, took a second club finesse, cashed a club and exited ace and another heart. Gin!

The worst that could happen to him was that East won the heart and led another diamond. Meanwhile, there was nothing much the defence could do. Suppose, for instance a heart shift from East when in with the trump king. Declarer rises ace, crosses to a trump to eliminate the clubs. Now he can either cash the ace of diamonds and exit a heart, making whenever the king is onside or the diamonds are 5-1. Or alternatively he can exit a heart without touching diamonds. It’s no good if West wins that, while if East wins and exits the jack of diamonds, declarer can cover and then rise ♦9 when West exits in the suit. Of course, instead he could duck the jack of diamonds – that would be really flashy.

See you tomorrow.

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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. khokan  |  January 12, 2011 at 4:18 pm

    I would have taken a different line (which would have failed!).

    I would rise the SA (a lead from Kxx in trumps is unattractive, because you generally won’t be able to lead a second one).

    If the SK falls, I take a (losing) club finesse, planning to draw trumps, eliminate clubs and play HA and another. If East wins and plays DJ or D10, would cover with the DQ and rise with the D9 if west wins DK and returns a low diamond (restricted choice).

    If the SA draws air, I would play a second one (a singleton trump lead is highly unusual – imagine how Beckett would have felt if Hinge had Qxx in trumps). Looking at Cxxx and HAx in dummy, it is overwhelmingly likely that if east wins the second trump with Kx, he will switch to a club. If the finesse fails, I will still make if west continues a club – again, a heart shift may not be obvious – if the diamond finesse works and diamonds are 3-3.

    Taking the club finesse at trick two makes it much easier for the defence to get it right if the finesse fails.

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