Join Bridge Winners
The Second Overtrick
(Page of 7)

This interesting hand came up on BBO, playing robot bridge. 

North
KJ103
K65
A
Q9863
South
A
A43
KJ854
AJ54
W
N
E
S
1
P
2
P
2NT
P
3
P
3NT
P
P
P

6 looks like a pretty good spot, especially if the clubs are 2-2. But you are in 3NT.

The opening lead is the 2 and I will direct you to play the K since you want to take a club finesse. Also, you don't want to play the Q on the first round of clubs because you could lose two tricks to KTxx on your left. Therefore, you play a small club towards the jack and sure enough, East shows out. You play the J and they win the K on your left and return the 9. 

Here's what has happened so far:

West
North
KJ103
K65
A
Q9863
East
South
A
A43
KJ854
AJ54
W
N
E
S
1
P
2
P
2NT
P
3NT
P
P
P
D
1
3NT South
NS: 0 EW: 0
2
K
Q
3
1
1
0
3
2
J
K
0
1
1
9
3

You can take four club tricks by finessing against the T. That, plus two tops in spades, hearts, in diamonds, gives you ten tricks. If they had not led hearts you could have made 11 tricks by knocking out the Q, but it was not to be.

Any ideas on what do to to make that second overtrick without risking your ten tricks?

Since you have 10 winners, why not duck a heart? It can't hurt anything.

You duck the heart and the 9 wins, East plays the 7. West continues hearts with the 8, East plays the T, and you win the A.

West
North
KJ103
K65
A
Q9863
East
South
A
A43
KJ854
AJ54
W
N
E
S
1
P
2
P
2NT
P
3NT
P
P
P
D
1
3NT South
NS: 0 EW: 0
2
K
Q
3
1
1
0
3
2
J
K
0
1
1
9
5
7
4
0
1
2
8
6
10
A
3
2
2
4

West played the 2, 8, and 9, and East played the Q, 7, and T. Seems like East started with QJT7.

Now you can do what I did and try both side suit AKs. Or....

Run off all the clubs, taking the marked finesse along the way.

Here's how the play will go before you play the last club.

West
North
KJ103
K65
A
Q9863
East
South
A
A43
KJ854
AJ54
W
N
E
S
1
P
2
P
2NT
P
3NT
P
P
P
D
1
3NT South
NS: 0 EW: 0
2
K
Q
3
1
1
0
3
2
J
K
0
1
1
9
5
7
4
0
1
2
8
6
10
A
3
2
2
A
2
6
2
3
3
2
5
7
8
J
1
4
2
Q
5
4
10
1
5
2
7

East discarded the last heart along the way. Clearly he has a problem, because bots typically do not discard winners.

On the last club, discard a diamond. Before doing so, watch what East does, because his discard will tell you what to play next.

I will show all four hands now.

If East discards a diamond, you unblock the A, cross to the A, and your diamonds are good.

West
864
982
1093
K1072
North
KJ103
K65
A
Q9863
East
Q9752
QJ107
Q762
South
A
A43
KJ854
AJ54
W
N
E
S
1
P
2
P
2NT
P
3NT
P
P
P
D
1
3NT South
NS: 0 EW: 0
2
K
Q
3
1
1
0
3
2
J
K
0
1
1
9
5
7
4
0
1
2
8
6
10
A
3
2
2
A
2
6
2
3
3
2
5
7
8
J
1
4
2
Q
5
4
10
1
5
2
9
6
4
4
1
6
2
A
7
5
3
1
7
2
3
7
A
6
3
8
2
K
9
10
Q
3
9
2
J
10
J
9
3
10
2
8
8
K
Q
3
11
2
N/S +460
13

If East discards a spade, you unblock the A cross to the A, and your spades are good.

West
864
982
1093
K1072
North
KJ103
K65
A
Q9863
East
Q9752
QJ107
Q762
South
A
A43
KJ854
AJ54
W
N
E
S
1
P
2
P
2NT
P
3NT
P
P
P
D
1
3NT South
NS: 0 EW: 0
2
K
Q
3
1
1
0
3
2
J
K
0
1
1
9
5
7
4
0
1
2
8
6
10
A
3
2
2
A
2
6
2
3
3
2
5
7
8
J
1
4
2
Q
5
4
10
1
5
2
9
7
4
3
1
6
2
3
9
A
4
3
7
2
5
9
A
6
1
8
2
K
Q
8
6
1
9
2
J
7
J
8
1
10
2
10
Q
K
10
1
11
2
N/S +460
13

It's a crisscross squeeze!

The problem with the crisscross squeeze line is that you may hold yourself to less than ten tricks if the diamond and spade guards are divided. So it's a fun hand to look at but I would not have played for the squeeze even if I had seen it.

We saw earlier that you can make 5NT on this hand with no problems if they do not lead hearts. You just lose a club and a spade. My parting question to you is: Can the defense hold you to 4, or is the crisscross squeeze always going to work?

Cheers,

Daniel

21 Comments
Getting Comments... loading...
.

Bottom Home Top