Bridge Answer 2

Bridge Problem 2: Answer


spade 74
heart AJ1092
diamond J93
club 742


spade --
heart 743
diamond AQ10862
club 10863


spade AQJ1082
heart Q86
diamond 74
club 95


spade K9653
heart K5
diamond K5
club AKQJ


Dealer: West
Vul: North-South
2diamond¹ P 3spade 3NT
P P P  
¹ Weak
Opening lead: club3


South has a bunch of heart winners, but insufficient entries to cash them. One thought is to play the five of hearts and finesse the jack, intending to overtake the king with the ace once the queen is out of the way. But a shrewd East will refuse to take the queen. Another idea is to eliminate the clubs and then play king, ace, and another heart, planning to force West to give dummy the lead after taking the ace, queen of diamonds. But an alert West will allow the diamondK to win (either the first or the second round of diamonds) and then there is no entry to dummy.

The key is to discard the diamondK on the third round of hearts (after eliminating clubs). The play goes this way: win the opening lead and cash the rest of the clubs (discarding a spade from dummy). Then play king, ace, and jack of hearts, throwing the diamondK. If West wins the heartQ, dummy's diamondJ is a sure entry to the two winning hearts, for a total of 9 tricks. If (as in the diagram) East wins the heartQ, a diamond return forces West to provide the same entry to dummy. If East cashes the spadeA and plays another spade, South can discard a heart from dummy (since the spadeK is now a trick for declarer) and play the diamond5 to force West to put dummy on lead with the diamondJ. And, if East underleads the spadeA, South wins the king and plays a diamond, making an overtrick.

Note that if West started with a singleton club, then East has no hearts, and West will have to win the third heart.