# Pay Attention

Dlr:
West
Vul:
E-W
North
♠ A Q 10 4
8 5 2
A 6 5
♣ A Q 8
South
♠ J 9 6 3
A 9 6 4
K J 4
♣ 10 5
 West North East South 1♥ Dbl Pass 2♠ Pass 4♠ All Pass

Your response of 2♠ after partner doubled the 1 opener was a bit pushy, but you can’t take it back and you now must figure out how to get to 10 tricks. What is your plan after West starts with the K?

## Solution

Declarer won the opening lead with the A, ran the ♠9, and was surprised and disappointed when it lost to East’s king. East exited with the 9 and, after some thought, declarer decided that East was very unlikely to hold any of the unseen high cards, so he rose with the K and led a club to the jack and queen, which held. After cashing the ♣A, felling the king, declarer ruffed the ♣8 with the ♠J, West discarding a heart. Declarer led a trump to dummy’s 10, then cashed the ♠Q. Declarer paused to consider the situation. West had started with three trumps, five hearts and two clubs so he had an original 3=5=3=2 shape. As West had discarded a heart on the third round of clubs, he must have three hearts and two diamonds remaining. So, declarer advanced the ♠A and threw a heart from his hand. West threw a heart – a diamond seemed pointless – and was then put on play when declarer exited with a heart. After cashing his remaining winner in hearts, West was forced to exit with the *10. This was run to declarer’s jack for the game-going trick.

Notice that if declarer had won the diamond shift on the table, he would no longer have been able to make his contract. Simply put, there would not have been sufficient entries to draw trumps, ruff a club and cash the ace of trumps. Of course, if he had made the technically inferior move of leading a low trump at trick two he would not have faced this difficulty on the diamond return at trick three. The full deal:

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