Intermediate and newcomer players - sharpen your game with this series of tutorials. You can browse the index by topic, or read them in order. Learn even more at ACBL's Learn page.
This looks like a routine contract, wouldn’t you say? West leads the ♥Q won by Declarer’s Ace. Declarer runs the Diamond Nine, losing to East’s King. Back comes a Heart, but now Dummy’s Diamonds are good and Declarer romps home with 10 tricks. Bridge is an easy game! But when the deal was played in real life, East and West conspired to make Declarer’s life not quite so easy. Do you see how?