Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Killing D

Season's greetings! Since this time of year always brings to mind bridge books (my favored form of Christmas present), I thought I would include a hand from one of the books I have been reading recently. It is Hugh Kelsey's sequel to the famous "Killing Defense at Bridge" aptly named "More Killing Defense at Bridge." You are East and hear the following auction:
1 D----------- 2C
Your partner leads the deuce of hearts and you see:
Declarer wins your ten with the queen and plays a spade to the queen and another to his king and partner's ace. partner returns the jack of hearts to the king and your ace, declarer following with the 4. How do you continue?


JonathanW said...

I know this one...at trick 3 he plays sk not st , though, I think?

Becker said...

right jonathan, thanks. declarer plays the king. i have to watch my attention to detail a bit to be a good blogger. anyway, after you win the ace of hearts the hand looks like:
Declarer has won two tricks and surely has the aces of clubs and diamonds, so with spades coming in he has 9. If partner has 5 clubs and 4 hearts tho, you may have a chance. The idea is to cash out the hearts forcing declarer to discard from dummy--if he discards a spade as most would, and you have arranged to end up on lead (you have to lead your low heart first and win the return), you can put declarer to a guess he can hardly get right by shifting to diamonds. He has to choose between the diamond finesse and a 4-2 or better club break. Partner's and declarer's hands:
I thought it was a neat hand because I look for situations often as declarer to make defenders discard before they are ready, but haven't thought about the possibility as a defender. I'm sure it will be worth a handful of points down the line, so thanks again Kelsey.