Log In

Reset Password

Team game hand really well thought out by declarer

This deal came up in a team game.

East opened 1 diamond , South made a pre-emptive bid of 3 spades, showing a long suit and a non-opening hand, and North had an easy raise to 4 spades. The lead was the same at both tables, the 3 of diamonds.

Both declarers took it with dummy’s Ace and led the Jack of trumps. After winning the Ace of trumps, both East players continued with a high diamond.

At the first table, declarer recognised that the opening lead was either the third-highest or a singleton. As the former was far more likely, declarer ruffed the diamond with the 9 of trumps.

Alas, West overruffed with the 10 and led a heart to the King and Ace. A third round of diamonds gave declarer no winning option: no matter whether he ruffed high or low, the 8 of trumps would be the setting trick.

At the second table, declarer came to the same conclusion about the diamond suit but, instead of ruffing the second round of diamonds, he threw away his losing heart. After ruffing the next diamond with the 9 of trumps West over-ruffed with the 10, but with the heart entry to the East hand severed there was now no way to defeat the contract.

Really well thought out by declarer.

You must be Registered or to post comment or to vote.

Published October 23, 2021 at 7:50 am (Updated October 23, 2021 at 7:50 am)

Team game hand really well thought out by declarer

What you
Need to
1. For a smooth experience with our commenting system we recommend that you use Internet Explorer 10 or higher, Firefox or Chrome Browsers. Additionally please clear both your browser's cache and cookies - How do I clear my cache and cookies?
2. Please respect the use of this community forum and its users.
3. Any poster that insults, threatens or verbally abuses another member, uses defamatory language, or deliberately disrupts discussions will be banned.
4. Users who violate the Terms of Service or any commenting rules will be banned.
5. Please stay on topic. "Trolling" to incite emotional responses and disrupt conversations will be deleted.
6. To understand further what is and isn't allowed and the actions we may take, please read our Terms of Service
7. To report breaches of the Terms of Service use the flag icon