Source: IBPA Column Service SEP 2020

Tim Bourke
Tim Bourke

**Source: wikipedia: Tim Bourke “is an Australian bridge player and writer. His joint project with Justin Corfield “the Art of Declarer Play” won the International Bridge Press Book of the Year award in 2014.

IMPs Dealer South. Both Vul

J 9 6 2
A Q 10
K J 6
8 4 2
5
K J 9 6 4
A Q 7 5
K 5 3
West North East South
1
Dbl Rdbl 1 Pass
Pass 2 Pass 3
Pass 4 Pass Pass
Pass

West began with the A, then shifted to a trump.

Think, make your plan and compare with the solution.

Declarer counted nine tricks in the red suits and, as the ace of clubs was likely to be on his left, he was sure that playing on clubs would be hopeless.

Instead, he decided to try and generate an extra trump trick with a dummy reversal for his contract. After winning the trump shift with dummy’s ten, declarer ruffed a spade, led a low diamond to dummy’s jack to ruff a second spade, then crossed to dummy’s king of diamonds.

After ruffing dummy’s last spade, declarer had made six tricks. Somewhat nervously, declarer led the king of trumps from hand and overtook it with dummy’s ace. When trumps proved to be 3-2 declarer was home: he drew the outstanding trump with dummy’s queen and claimed two diamond tricks for his contract.

Of interest is that an opening lead of a trump, diamond or low spade lead would have defeated the contract, because East could have won any spade played by declarer or dummy and shifted to a club

The complete deal:

J 9 6 2
A Q 10
K J 6
8 4 2
A K 8 3
8 3
10 9 3
A Q J 6
Q 10 7 4
7 5 2
8 4 2
10 9 7
5
K J 9 6 4
A Q 7 5
K 5 3

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