From 4th April 2007, Board 14
Theme Postponement of Trumps
Counting the Distribution
Difficulty * * *
Dlr West None Vul
When Dummy goes down you wish you had balanced with a Double and you also wonder why Partner bid so much.
West leads the A♥, which you ruff in your hand. Plan the play.
Thereís a lot of work to be done on this hand, and it can hardly be wrong to play on Diamonds at Trick Two. West cannot have the A♦ as well as ♥AQJ, and when East wins the A♦ heíll have no good return. Letís say that he wins and returns a Diamond. Then cash the third Diamond, and play on Clubs, ruffing the third round on the board. Now comes the A♠, felling Westís Queen, at which point the hand is cold. West no doubt started with 1-6-3-3 distribution and the full layout is this (remaining cards are in bold):
In the 5-card end game, East is down to 3 trumps and 2 Diamonds. The K♥ is played from the board and, whatever East does, Declarer will come to 3 more tricks for a total of 10.
Keys to Success
- Playing on Diamonds and Clubs early
- Counting West's distribution to be 1-6-3-3, and therefore playing just one round of trumps.
Note the importance of deducing the West distribution as the hand unfolded. If Declarer had not been virtually certain that trumps were 4-1, he might have gone wrong by playing a second round of trumps (which would have been the right play if trumps were 3-2).
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