Bridge Answer 5

Bridge Problem 5: Answer

 

North
spadeAK6
heartQJ10973
diamond97
club53

 

West
spade9752
heart8642
diamond2
clubJ974

 

East
spadeQ83
heartK5
diamondAQ1086
clubK108

 

South
spadeJ104
heartA
diamondKJ543
clubAQ62

 

Dealer: East
Vul: Neither
E S W N
1diamond P P 2heart
P P 3NT P
P P    
Opening lead: diamond2

 

Answer: The only way to beat the hand is to rise with the diamondA and shift to the spadeQ. Declarer needs two entries to dummy -- after the heart A is unblocked. By returning the spadeQ at the second trick, dummies entries are attacked early and declarer cannot establish the heart suit and cannot come to more than eight tricks: three spades, a heart, two diamonds, and two clubs.

If East ducks the opening lead or wins and returns any card other than the spadeQ, declarer will cash the ace of hearts, go to a high spade, and play hearts, setting up the suit. Declarer can't be kept from taking eleven tricks.