SHORT AND SWEET

Dlr: West Vul: Both
Scoring: IMPs

North
S K 9 4 2
H A K Q 9
D K 5
C 9 8 5
South
S A Q J 10 8 6 3(you)
H –
D J 9 4 2
C A 6

WestNorthEastSouth
3CDblPass6S
All Pass

Opening lead: CK

6S looks reasonable with your hand, now all you have to do is make it. East follows with the C2 and spades are 1-1. Plan the play.

It’s too much to hope for that West has the DA. West is the the preemptive bidder. In any case, you have a great chance of making the hand if East has the DA.
Consider West’s distribution. West figures to have 7 clubs from the bidding and East’s play at trick one and is known to have one spade leaving West with five red cards. If East has four hearts and a diamond, he might have led a singleton diamond and preemptive bidders seldom have four cards in an unbid major anyway. West figures to have two hearts and three diamonds or vice versa. All this is great news for you. See why?After drawing trumps, play your three top hearts, discarding DIAMONDS. Continue with the H9. East should be playing the ten or jack on this as West is unlikely to have any more hearts. When East covers the H9, discard your last diamond. Assuming East wins the trick, and assuming East doesn’t have any more clubs, East is in big trouble.

If East leads a heart, a ruff and a sluff, discard your club and ruff in dummy. You remain with all spades. If East lays down the DA, ruff, cross to dummy with a trump and pitch a club on the DK. Finally, if East leads a low diamond, don’t lose your courage now-discard your club and take the contract fulfilling trick with the DK.

Dlr: West Vul: Both
Scoring: IMPs

North
S K 9 4 2
H A K Q 9
D K 5
C 9 8 5
West
S 5
H 8 6 2
D Q 10
C K Q J 10 7 4 3
East
S 7
H J 10 7 5 4 3
D A 8 7 6 3
C 2
South
S A Q J 10 8 6 3
H –
D J 9 4 2
C A 6


WestNorthEastSouth
3CDblPass6S
All Pass

 

About the Author:

Eddie Kantar is a professional bridge player, writer, teacher and member of the Bridge Hall of Fame. He won two World Champion and thirteen North American Championship titles. Eddie writes regularly for numerous bridge magazines around the world and is a frequent host on bridge cruises. He has written some 25 bridge books, some available in CD-Rom form, and is also a regular contributor to the ACBL Bulletin, Bridge World, Bridge Today, and OKbridge.

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