Bridge Answer 7

Bridge Problem 7: Answer

 

North
spadeK
heartAQ
diamondAKQJ
club986543

 

West
spade984
heart6432
diamond964
clubKJ10

 

East
spade76532
heartK75
diamond1083
clubQ7

 

South
spadeAQJ10
heartJ1098
diamond752
clubA2

 

Dealer: East
Vul: East-West
E S W N
P 1NT¹ P 6NT
P P P  
¹ Weak, 12-14 HCP.
Opening lead: 9spade

 

The contract can be guaranteed by winning the ace of spades and cashing two more spade winners, throwing the ace and the queen of hearts. Then play hearts. The defenders can take the king, but declarer has the ace of clubs as an entry back to the rest of the hearts and the last spade. Thus, declarer will score four spades, three hearts, four diamonds and a club.

If instead declarer tries to finesse in hearts at trick two, the defenders can prevail by allowing the queen to hold. If declarer plays ace and queen of hearts, again the defenders can refuse to take the king, preventing declarer from being getting a third heart trick. Note that declarer must not cash all four spade honors before playing hearts in case the spades don't break.