Trumps Bridge Centre
This hand, submitted by Tim Bourke of Canberra, features insightful bidding and play.
Dealer South, EW vul
♠ T93 ♠ J875
♥ — ♥ J962
♦ KQT93 ♦ 8
♣ KQJT9 ♣ 8653
WEST NORTH EAST SOUTH
2NT 4C Pass 4NT
Pass 5S Pass 7H
Over South's 1H opening, West bid the Unusual 2NT showing at least 5-5 in the minors. North's 4C was a "splinter bid", showing a singleton or void in the bid suit, a fit for partner and game values at least. Most "unnecessary jumps" such as this are used by top players nowadays as splinters. They help partner evaluate slam prospects – here, South knows that the 7-4 of clubs will not be losers because they can be ruffed.
South's 4NT was Roman Keycard Blackwood, and 5S showed two "keycards" (there are five keycards – the four aces and the king of trumps) as well as the queen of trumps. That seemed to plug South's gaps so 7H looked like the right bid.
How would you plan to play the hand on a club lead?
Sitting South with the hand shown, you open a strong notrump, partner raises to 2NT (to show 8-9 HCP), and you accept the invitation. Against your 3NT contract, West leads the H7, fourth highest. You try the H10 from dummy and it wins, indicating that West has both missing heart honours (the king and jack). How should you plan the hand from here?
Dealer South, nil vul
WEST NORTH EAST SOUTH
Pass 2NT Pass 3NT
In another hand from a past World Bridge Championship, we look at a textbook defensive situation with which few club players are familiar.
Dealer West, both vul
WEST EAST (Dummy)
♠ AK ♠ JT42
♥ Q87 ♥ T54
♦ K8 ♦ AT96
♣ AKJ742 ♣ 85
In this hand from a Senior Teams World Championship, North led the S5 (fourth highest) to the S2, S8 and SA. Declarer cashed the CA then crossed to dummy via the DA in order to lead a second round of clubs to finesse to the CJ. This won but North showed out. Declarer persisted with clubs but had to lose the fourth round to South.
South now switched to hearts; but which heart should South lead? Usually it is right to lead low (such as the fourth highest) when your honours are broken rather than sequential, but on the actual layout, declarer could then duck the trick around to North's HK, and a heart back would then set up declarer's HQ as a winner.
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