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Play Problem 009
Play Problem 009 contributed by Graham Broadbent

Note from Web Admin

This was Board 16 played at the club on 24 June 2010.

Please note that it is customary with bridge commentaries for the hand to be always shown as played by South, with dummy therefore North. 

The cards shown here as dealt to N/S were actually dealt to E/W on the evening is question.  You need to know this if you want to compare your bidding and play on the night,  with this expert commentary. 


Play Problem

Not vulnerable against, you (South) are vulnerable and pick up this motley selection:

  ♠ 5, QJ97654, Q106, ♣ 97

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The hand looks a little weak for a first seat pre-empt at adverse vulnerability so you pass. Left hand opponent passes, partner opens 1 club (natural) and right hand opponent also passes. You bid 1 heart and left hand opponent overcalls 1 spade. Partner doubles 1 spade (shows extra values) and right hand opponent trances before bidding 2 diamonds. You decide your hand is worth one more try and bid 2 hearts and left hand opponent raises his partners suit to 3 diamonds. Partner now puts you to 4 hearts, which becomes the final contract.

The 3 of Diamonds is led.   

Can you reward partnerís enterprising bidding by making the game?


Solution

Board 16 (Hands  Rotated)                                                                                             N/S Vulnerable                                         

Contract 4 Hearts by South

3 of diamonds led

♠ KQ1097

K10

none

♣ AK10653

♠ A8643

A8

8753

♣ Q4

♠ J2

32

AKJ942

♣ J82

♠ 5

QJ97654

Q106

♣ 97

If you ruffed the first diamond you are already down! When you set about trumps West will win his Ace and return a diamond for East to cash his two winners and you still have the Ace of spades to lose.

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Look what happens if you duck the first diamond; East cashes his Ace, but cannot profitably continue the suit. If he plays his King you can now safely ruff in dummy, leaving your Queen as a stop in the suit. If he plays low you cash your Queen and ruff your third diamond on the table before setting about the trumps. Now when West rises with his Ace you can ruff the diamond return in hand.

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You have kept the losers in diamonds to just one and eventually come to your contract with six trump tricks, two clubs, one spade and either a diamond ruff or the Queen of diamonds; losing only the three outstanding Aces.