Writers’ weekly 18 | Test your declarer play

Let dive into an interesting hand that came up during a high-level teamgame. You ended up declaring 5 diamonds, and there is a few things to consider.

Let’s take a look

West led the king and ace of hearts followed by the six of club, you win with the ace, east put in the king.

How would you proceed?

 Declarer was pretty sure wests distribution was 5-5-2-1 since he turned the six of clubs into a suit bid by declarer!

To win the contract declarer then needed the king of diamond at east so he continued with a spade to the ace followed by a diamond to the queen. When both east and west followed low he played the ace hoping the diamonds to split 2-2.

That was not the right picture, the board looked like this


West had fooled declarer when he turned a club. He could see there was no fast tricks for the defense so why not make an illusion!

And a illusion it became. It was hard for declarer to read the lie of the cards. One down was worth 12 imps when the same contract was made at the other table. West turned a spade at the second trick, what is the best line from here?

Declarer found the winning line when he finessed the club followed by the ace of club and a club ruff! West had to discard a heart and next came a diamond to the jack, a club ruff was then followed by a diamond to the queen. The ace of diamonds pulled the king and the declarer could claim his eleven tricks!

When we look more into the cards it seems better even with a spade turn to do the finesse in trump followed by the ace of trump. If trumps are 2-2 dummy is entered with a diamond to the eight. A finesse in clubs followed by the ace and a ruff. Declarers other clubs are discarded at the king-queen of spades for making.

But as the cards lie you’ll better hope west holds two clubs without the nine of diamonds!