Bridge Answer 6

Bridge Problem 6: Answer

 

North
spadeKQJ2
heartJ4
diamondAJ8
clubQJ73

 

West
spade97
heart5
diamondQ4
clubAK1086542

 

East
spadeA8
heartKQ9762
diamondK653
club9

 

South
spade106543
heartA1083
diamond10972
club --

 

Dealer: North
Vul: Both
N E S W
1NT¹ P 2club 4club
DBL P 4spade P
P DBL P P
P      
¹ 15-17 HCP

 

The contract can be defeated with the lead of the diamond 4. If declarer plays the diamond A and plays trump, East will win the ace of spades and play a diamond to the queen and West will return a heart. South must win (or else West will ruff the next heart for the setting trick), but then there is no way to avoid two more losers, a heart and a diamond.

If declarer ducks the opening lead, East wins the diamondK and plays the heartK. South must win (or else another heart gets ruffed by West and the trump ace is the setting trick), but East, when in with the trump ace, cashes the heartQ, with West throwing the diamondQ, and then West ruffs a diamond for the setting trick.

Note that if the opening lead is the diamond Q, declarer will win the ace and play trump. East can take the ace, cash the diamondK and play another diamond for West to ruff, but declarer can then pitch a heart on the fourth diamond and cross ruff the rest to come to ten tricks.