16 ACBL - Bridge Hand of the Week
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Bridge Hand of the Week

Breaking bad by Tim Bourke - Apr 14 2014

Dlr: North A K 4 
Vul: E-W J 7 4 2 
  A 10 
  A Q J 2 
   
  Q J 6 
  A Q 5 3 
  9 8 5 
  9 6 5 
 
WestNorthEastSouth
 1Pass1
Pass4All Pass 

West leads the Q. There is little value in ducking this trick, so you take the A and lead a trump. East surprises you when he discards a diamond. Can you see any chance of making 10 tricks?

Solution

If you are to have any chance, West must have started with at least three cards in each black suit as well as the K. Suppose this is the full deal.

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

After taking the A at trick two, you will play a club to the jack. When that holds, return to hand with the Q and lead a club to the queen. Next cash the A and the top two spades.

As the cards lie, declarer can lead the 2 at this point but that would be fatal if West began with two diamonds. Leading 10 wins when West started with two diamonds as well as on the above layout, so that is the card you must play at trick nine. East wins the trick with the J and continues with the K. West can do no better than ruff the K with the 8. You will overruff with the J and play a card from dummy, contributing the 3 from your hand. West is forced to overruff and you will make a trick as you have the Q 5 remaining and West on lead with K 10.