Plan B Needed

Dlr: North ♠ Q 6
Vul: E-W 6 4 2
J 10 6 5
♣ A K Q 5
♠ A 4 2
A 8 7 5 3
A
♣ J 8 7 6
West North East South
1♣ Pass 1
Pass 2 Pass 4
All Pass

On a plain-suit lead, you would have little trouble getting to 10 tricks, losing only a spade and two trumps. In this case, however, West starts with the 10. What is your plan to make your contract after that annoying lead?

Solution

East followed with the J at trick one and declarer found the necessary move of playing low from hand. After winning the trump continuation with the ace, declarer cashed the A, played a low club to dummy’s queen and ruffed a diamond. Dummy was re-entered with a low club to the king for a second diamond ruff. Next, a club to dummy’s ace allowed declarer to ruff a third diamond.

When declarer cashed the ♠A, he had made one trick in spades, the A, three diamond

ruffs in hand, the A and three clubs for a total of nine tricks. Finally, he advanced the ♣J. This would be declarer’s 10th trick. If the ♣J was ruffed, dummy’s 6 would be trick number 10. The full deal:

Dlr: North ♠ Q 6
Vul: E-W 6 4 2
J 10 6 5
♣ A K Q 5
♠ 9 8 7 5 3 ♠ K J 10
10 9 K Q J
K 9 7 2 Q 8 4 3
♣ 9 4 ♣ 10 3 2
♠ A 4 2
A 8 7 5 3
A
♣ J 8 7 6

 

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