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Dealer : East
Vuln : Both


HAND OF THE WEEK #14

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     North
    A J 10 8 7 4 3 2
    10 2
    Q
    10 5
West
6 5
Q 7
J 10 9 8 6 3
Q 9 3
East You
K
K J 9 8 6 3
K 4
J 8 6 2
 

   South
    Q 9
    A 5 4
    A 7 5 2
    A K 7 4

Opening lead: Q

When today's hand was played on OKbridge, most
Easts opened 2. Most declarers in 4 scored
11 tricks, losing a spade finesse and a heart trick.

Those Easts that opened a light 1 were sorry (or
should have been sorry). After the Q lead, declarer
noticed that East had very few points, so declarer
played for the singleton king of spades, leading the
queen to the ace. Declarer is now up to 12 tricks
and can score 13 if he plays his cards right. Can
you see how?

This analysis is for advanced players: After winning
the A, declarer runs six trumps and comes down to
six cards. Dummy has two spades, the 10, the Q,
and the club 10-5. South has four clubs and A-7 of
diamonds. East has the K, K, and four clubs.
When the next-to-last trump is led from dummy, East
is triple squeezed. If he pitches a king, declarer has
an extra trick in dummy. If he throws a club, declarer discards a diamond from hand and plays ace, king,
and ruffs a club to set up his long club in hand.

 

South

1NT
2

West

pass
3

North

2*
4

East
1
double
all pass

* Transfer

 

 


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