# The Right Option

Dlr: South ♠ A J 8 7
Vul: E-W 8 6 3
8 6 5
♣ Q 6 3
♠ K Q 10 5 2
7 5 4
A K Q 4
♣ A
 West North East South 1♠ Pass 2♠ Dbl 4♠ All Pass

West lead the J against your game contract. East takes the first three tricks with top hearts and exits with the J. You win the A. Now what?

## Solution

After winning the A, declarer considered his options. Obviously, if trumps were no worse than 3-1, he could ruff a diamond in dummy if necessary. He asked himself, “What can be done if trumps are 4-0?” and concluded that the safest option would be a dummy reversal.

With that in mind, declarer cashed the ♣A at trick five, then led the ♠K. When West followed, declarer overtook this in dummy with the ♠A and was rather pleased when East discarded a club.

Declarer ruffed a club with the ♠Q then led the ♠2. When West followed with the 3, the trick was won with dummy’s ♠7. The ♣Q was then ruffed with the ♠10 and West’s remaining trumps were picked up by finessing dummy’s 8 then cashing the jack while discarding the 4 from hand. Declarer claimed the three remaining tricks with his diamond tops: he made four trumps, three diamonds, a club and two club ruffs for a total of 10 tricks. The full deal:

 Dlr: South ♠ A J 8 7 Vul: E-W ♥ 8 6 3 ♦ 8 6 5 ♣ Q 6 3 ♠ 9 6 4 3 ♠ — ♥ J 10 9 2 ♥ A K Q ♦ 3 2 ♦ J 10 9 7 ♣ K J 7 ♣ 10 9 8 5 4 2 ♠ K Q 10 5 2 ♥ 7 5 4 ♦ A K Q 4 ♣ A