Contact usAbout usAffiliates
Deal of the Week (Apr 07, 2006) Click here for Archives

The Auction:
North   East   South   West
           1NT    2S*     4D**
  4S      dbl
all pass

* spades and a minor
** transfer to hearts

This week's deal is a defensive problem. As East, you open a 15-17 1NT, LHO bids 2S which is the Cappeletti convention, showing spades and a minor. Partner bids 4D, the Texas Transfer convention, a transfer to hearts. North bids 4S over this, and you decide that enough is enough and double. This ends the auction, and partner leads the Queen of Hearts (you play standard leads). Plan your defence.

There can be only one logical explanation for partner's unusual lead of the Queen of Hearts: It is a suit preference card, asking for a diamond return. Partner must be looking for a diamond ruff, and declarer's minor must be diamonds. Your correct lead therefore is a diamond, and you should lead the five, your lowest one, as a suit preference for clubs. Partner ruffs this and plays a club to your Ace, and you give partner another diamond ruff. You get the Ace of Spades eventually, and you end up scoring the Ace of Clubs, the Ace of Spades, the Ace of Hearts and two diamond ruffs for a total of 5 tricks.
 82 Deal  A94
 KQ109642  AJ
 -  K985
 7652  A1094

Did you remember to congratulate partner on his thoughtful Queen of Hearts lead? True, You could have figured out to give partner his diamond ruffs even without the help of the opening lead, but his inspired lead made life simple for you. Partner's lead would have also caught your attention if the Jack of hearts were in the dummy.

Bridge Baron's double dummy analysis confirmed that the diamond ruff is essential to score 5 tricks. If you fail to play a diamond now, you will set the contract by 1 trick if you give partner a diamond ruff when you next gain the lead (either with the Ace of Spades or the Ace of Clubs). If you fail to play a diamond at that stage, declarer will make his contract.
Par Contract Analysis:
The opponents did well by finding the par contract of 4S doubled (a sacrifice of 5D doubled would have worked too), as you are cold for +420 in 4H. The best you can do is to cut your losses by finding the diamond ruffs for a two trick set and a score of +300.

Bridge Baron deal No : 14115317308760433921363781331

You can download this deal in PPL format, and view it with Bridge Baron here :
Deal Of The Week
(Please note : To avoid spammers and abusive language this board is moderated.)