SWEET GRAND

Dlr: North Vul: North-South

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

After partner opens 1S and raises your 2H response to 3H, cuebids 4S after you try 4C, youth and exuberance take over and you wind up in 7H.

West leads the DK and hearts are 3-1, West having the singleton. Plan the play.

The idea is to give yourself two chances in the play. After drawing trumps, test the spades. If spades are 3-3, you will be able to discard two clubs on established spades and not have to worry about 4-1 clubs. If spades do not break 3-3, you do have to worry about 4-1 clubs.

Unless West is short in both hearts and spades, your best is to start clubs with the ace, unblocking the 10, and then over to the queen and if West shows out, low to the eight. However, If West started with two spades and one heart, a good case could be made for cashing the club ace and then leading low to the 10. This play wins whenever West has fewer than 7 diamonds. At the prevailing vulnerability, he might have bid with 7 diamonds.

In any case, the key to the play is testing spades before attacking clubs.

Hand played by Phil Pecsok aka ‘birdyman’ on OKbridge.

Dlr: North Vul: North-South

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

 

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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