Source ” Defend with your Life”

Dealer South all Vul

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

Opening lead: A

On rubber bridge, and for a moment you hoped you would be defending against a hated rival in four spades. Five Clubs is less promising for your angle.You decide to lead the A on which partner plays the 2 and declarer the K.

What chance have you now to save the rubber? What do you lead at trick two?

Answer:

South plays in 5after an auction that has marked him with long spades. When the K falls under the A on the first trick, you place him with: 6-2-1-4 or 6-1-1-5 distribution.

You expect to make your two aces, but where will the third trick come from?

The best chance is that partner will hold Kx by leading the K! at trick two, attacking by overhead cable. Suth will win and lead a heart. Yu go up with the A and lead another spade.

It would, of course, be a mistake to cash the A at trick two, as this would allow South to enter dummy and pick up the trumps.

The complete deal:

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