# Column Hand

### Hand of the Week

Dlr:
East
VUL:
Both
North
♠ 7 4 2
A 10 5
J 10 9 4
♣ Q J 6

South
♠ A K Q J 9
9 7 4
A K
♣ A K 10
 West North East South 2♥ Dbl Pass 3♦ Pass 3♠ Pass 3NT Pass 5NT Pass 46♠ All Pass

The 3bid promised 8-11 points – with a weaker hand North would bid 2NT, a relay to 3♣, after which 3 would show a diamond suit with 7 high-card points or fewer. On this deal, of course, South would not bid 3♣ (he knows North would pass if he has a club suit) but would show his extra strength by refusing to relay, bidding 3♠ instead.

West leads the 3, an obvious singleton. You win and cash the ♠A and ♠K, both opponents following with low cards. How do you plan to make your contract?

### Solution

After drawing the last trump, cash the A and K. If the Q is singleton or doubleton then you have all 13 tricks. When the Q does not appear you need West to hold that card, as in this layout.

Dlr:
East
VUL:
Both
North
♠ 7 4 2
A 10 5
J 10 9 4
♣ Q J 6
West
♠ 10 6 5
3
Q 7 6 2
♣ 8 5 4 3 2
East
♠ 8 3
K Q J 8 6 2
8 5 3
♣ 9 7
South
♠ A K Q J 9
9 7 4
A K
♣ A K 10

You continue by cashing the ♣A and crossing to dummy with the ♣J. Next comes the spectacular play. You lead the J and discard the ♣K! West, who has only minor-suit cards left, wins the trick and puts you back in dummy to cash the ♣Q and 10. You make five trumps, the A, three diamonds and three clubs.

Why was this called a column hand? Well, in the early days of bridge such jettison plays (throwing ♣K) appeared almost weekly in bridge columns. In real life, they occur about twice every millennium.

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