Problem #  232

 

                                          From                   6th August, 2008, Board 24

                                          Difficulty            * * *

                                          Dlr North           None Vul            Hands Rotated

                                                                                                for Convenience

 

♠ QT76
2
KT9
♣ K7532

 

       Dummy

West             East

          South

North   East     South   West

1NT     Dbl      2♣       Pass

2        Pass    2♠        Pass

4♠        Pass    Pass    Pass

♠ AKJ8
A654
J3
♣ QJ9

 

        

Eastís Double was DONT, showing a one-suiter.  Westís opening lead is the J, won in Dummy, East playing the King.

 

That K play could have been from shortness or length, so itís still not clear whether Eastís long suit is Hearts or Diamonds.

 

You cash A♠ and K♠, both opponents following.  So far, so good.  If Clubs are 3-2 you can make 10 or 11 tricks, but can you overcome a 4-1 Club break?

 

SOLUTION

One line that does not work is to draw a third round of trumps and then play on Clubs.  One of the opponents wins the Ace and continues Hearts, ruffed in Dummy.  Alas, the Clubs are blocked.  After they have been unblocked, Declarerís only entry to the board is with a Diamond, but the defense then wins the A and cashes two Hearts.  Down one.

 

A safer line is to leave one enemy trump outstanding while playing on Clubs.  The defense can win the A♣, and may be able to organize a Club ruff, but that only serves to give Dummy and extra entry to the board.

 

 

♠ QT76
2
KT9
♣ K7532

 

♠ 952
KQT873
 AQ6
♣ T

        North

West             East

           South

♠ 43
J9
87542
♣ A864

 

♠ AKJ8
A654
J3
♣ QJ9

 

 

Keys to Success

-         Realizing the danger of a 4-1 Club break

-         Postponing the drawing of the last trump while playing on Clubs

 

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