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Bridge Corner: April 6, 2017

The following lesson is presented to enhance your play of the hand ability and assist you in successful bidding of and making your contract. Analyze the hand. Record your answers. Compare your responses to the answers provided below.
Can you make the contract? North (N) and South (S) are in a 4 Spade Contract. South is Declarer, North is Dummy, and West has the opening lead.

North
♠ K43
♥ KQJ2
♦ 764
♣ 432

West East
♠ 976 ♠ 108
♥ 987 ♥ A1063
♦ K1082 ♦ QJ9
♣ J97 ♣ Q1086

South
♠ AQJ52
♥ 54
♦ A53
♣ AK5

1. How many points in each hand?
2. How many tricks have you contracted to take?
3. What should West lead?
4. After South wins the opening lead, what is the plan?

Answers

1. N=9 points; S=18 points; E=9 points; W=4 points
2. 10 tricks
3. ♦2—fourth-best from the longest and strongest suit )
4. (A diamond lead by West will knock out South’s Ace and expose two losers in that suit. Because South must also lose the ♥A, South can’t afford to lose any more tricks. Unfortunately, South has a third-round club loser. If South plans to draw trumps in three rounds [or four is necessary] and then play hearts, eventually discarding the losing club on a high heart, the plan is flawed. If South pulls three rounds of trumps and then plays a heart, the opponents will surely duck the ♥A on the first round of the suit. When the opponents win the next round of hearts, South will be cut off from dummy, with no way to get to the established heart winner. Here’s the plan: after South wins the opening lead with the ♦A, cash the ♠A and play a low heart to dummy. If the opponent with the ♥A ducks, play a trump to the Queen and play another heart. The opponents will win and cash their diamond winners, but the ♠K is still in dummy, a vital entry to the good heart.)

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