This Week’s Bridge Quiz – March 11th:

 

The Auction:

South      West        North     East

Pass           Pass           1      Pass

 2NT           All Pass

 

                   North (dummy)

                   K Q 10 4 2

                   7 6 5

                   A K

                   8 3 2

West (you)                        East

A 9 5

Q 9 8 3 2                          10

7 6 3

K 5

                   South

                   Wins the J

                   Leads the J

 

As West, what is your plan?  How would you propose to defeat  the contract?

--- Count South’s Tricks, where are the tricks for your side.

 

Solution to Last Week’s Bridge Quiz – March 4th:

 

The contract is 3 N.T after the following auction:

 

South  West    North  East

2 NT    Pass      3NT   All pass


            Dummy’s Hand

           ♠ 9 6

            A J 10

           9 7 4 2

           ♣ 8 6 4 2

 

Lead: 6

 

           Declarer (you)

           ♠ A K 5 3

           K 9

           A K Q J

           ♣ J 9 3

 

West leads the 6, you play the 10 and East plays the 2.

How do you continue to make 9 tricks?

Solution:

On the surface it looks like you have 2 Spade tricks, 3 Heart tricks and 4 Diamond tricks for 9 top tricks. The problem is if dummy wins the 10, you can play J to the King, but you have no entry back to the A !  What you must do at trick 1 is overtake your winning 10 with the King then play the 9 to Dummy’s Jack.  You pretty much know that East does not have the Q as he would have covered dummy’s 10 with it.