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How a declarer found a way to win after looking set for defeat

Figure 1

There are many different ways to make certain contracts and in the hand shown in Figure 1, an experienced declarer picked his way through a contract that looked headed for defeat.

South opened 1 heart , East overcalled 2 diamonds and North raised to 2 hearts with his meagre assets and three-card trump support – that was all South needed and his 4 heart bid closed the auction.

West led the King of diamonds. There being no advantage in playing low from hand at trick one, declarer won with the Ace of diamonds as East began a count signal with the 7 to show a doubleton.

Declarer unblocked the club King and led a diamond. West took the trick with the Queen and played the 10 of diamonds. Declarer saw that there was little point in ruffing this in dummy because there was an excellent chance that East would overruff and switch to a spade. As the cards lay, that would have been one down.

Instead declarer discarded a spade from dummy – intending to try to ruff a spade in dummy later in the play. As there was now only one spade trick available to the defenders, there was no point in East ruffing the diamond; instead he discarded his last club.

West switched to the Queen of clubs and dummy’s Ace was ruffed by East. Declarer overruffed in hand and led the king of spades to West’s Ace.

When West played another club, declarer ruffed in his hand then ruffed a spade. After crossing back to hand with a trump and noting that West was void in the suit, declarer ruffed his last spade before returning to hand to draw East’s trumps.

Declarer had made his contract with two spade ruffs, six trumps and a trick in each minor.


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Published November 13, 2021 at 7:42 am (Updated November 13, 2021 at 7:42 am)

How a declarer found a way to win after looking set for defeat

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