Join Bridge Winners
Club Them to Death

Try this defensive problem:

West
92
3
963
AK108742
South
A75
976
AK1082
J6
W
N
E
S
2
2
3
4
P
4
P
P
P

You lead the A and North plays the 4 and East the 7. You cash the K and partner follows with the 5 and East the Q playing standard signals. What do you play now?

 

 

 

You should switch to a club. Here is the full deal.

West
92
3
963
AK108742
North
643
KQJ1054
J54
3
East
KQJ108
A82
Q7
Q95
South
A75
976
AK1082
J6
W
N
E
S
2
2
3
4
P
4
P
P
P
D
4 East
NS: 0 EW: 0

switch. The
contract can never be made now as they can duck one spade and then continue
a club and kill the club suit regardless of what North’ s clubs are. If North has a
singleton club then they will trump and if they have a doubleton then Declarer will
not be able to run the club suit as you will both still have a trump
After a Club switch the contract can never be made, as you can duck one spade and then play another club to either give partner a ruff or kill the club suit. Notice even if the remaining clubs are divided 2-2, the club switch is essential to kill the club suit.

 

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