Match 5 board 14
NS reached 5C against us
after the auction P 1H 1S 1NT 2S 3C P 3D P 4C P 5C.
W led a ♦ to the K and
A. Declarer tried a ♠ up immediately but W rose A. Now declarer is
threatening to ruff 2 hearts in dummy and pitch 2 on the ♠KQ. So to stop that
W switches to a trump. Which one?
Had W been looking at
Q10x the textbook play is the Q. That appears to give up a trump trick
but it comes back if declarer ruffs a ♥ in dummy with the ♣J as that promotes
the 10 again. In fact the Q also works here because partner's 10 gets
promoted in the same way.
At the table W
reasonably enough exited a low ♣ though which declarer won on the table with
the J. Now the defence prevail a different way. Declarer can still
pitch 2 hearts on the ♠KQ and can ruff one in dummy. But then he has to leave
dummy. A ♦ is no good because W is ruffing that. So he has to lead
the 4th ♠. But E ruffs that with the ♣10. That uppercut promotes
W's ♣Q back into a trick again. Declarer must overruff (if he pitches his
last ♥ instead, E just gives W a ♦ ruff). Now there's nowhere for
declarer's remaining ♥ loser to go so 10 tricks are the limit. A fairly
satisfying way for EW to earn +50.