Source: IBPA Column Service NOV. 2019

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 North. E/W Vul

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

West led the J

When dummy came down, declarer could count six top tricks. The obvious plan was to play on clubs to develop the three extra tricks required. So, declarer took the opening lead with the ace of spades and ran the ten of clubs, which held the trick. Declarer continued with the queen of clubs, West discarding an encouraging diamond, and East found the good defence of ducking a second time.

From this moment on what would be your plan?

After a short pause to assess the situation, declarer then led the four of clubs to dummy’s ace and played another club, jettisoning the king of spades from his hand. East won with his king of clubs and, in response to West’s signal, shifted to the nine of diamonds.

Declarer played low from hand and West won the trick with the queen and exited with the eight of hearts. Declarer played low from dummy and won the trick with his king. He continued with a low diamond toward dummy.

West took this with the king of diamonds and played his remaining heart to the jack, queen and ace. Declarer led the six of diamonds to dummy’s jack, which was now good. That was his seventh trick; the queen of spades and the nine of clubs were his eighth and ninth.

The complete deal:

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

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