Quick reminder, 11th December is our paty night.
Board 20 from 17th January
When this hand was played, east was the declarer, either in three No Trumps or four Hearts.
Every East made eleven tricks, except one who only made ten.
The opening lead in this case was a diamond and the contract was three No Trumps. A quick count showed that following the favourable lead, there were three Diamond tricks, three, possibly four Heart tricks and at least on club trick and at least one Spade trick. A successful Spade finess would add to the number.
So, the first trick was won in hand and a low Heart to the Queen followed. A low spade to the ten was won by South who lead a diamond. Winning on table, another low spade followed to the Qyeen and King. Another Diamond was returned, luckily not a Spade. A low Club to the Queen knocked out the Ace and eventually the King of Clubs took the Jack, so promoting the Ten. Ten tricks, loosing two Spades and a Club.
I assume everyone else took the view that a suit, with length missing the Ace Jack was more likely to produce tricks than one missing the King Jack without any length and they were right.
One of my bottoms.
The results for the 11th December are now in
Well done to John Forrest followed by (jointly) Ian K and Margaret R.
I have had a number of technical problems in displaying a hand and contract in this box over the past few weeks so try looking in the "Hand of Week" page.Click here.