A Change of Plan by John Brown

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It is obvious that if declarer leads another round of trumps he will be….

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The Hand:

Norte
   8 5 3
 J 7 
 Q 9          
 A Q J 8 4 3
Sur
   6   
 A Q 10 6 
 K J 10 7 5 2     
 K 5
 

Dealer South N/S Vul

West    North    East    South       
    Pass 1    
Pass 2
2 3 
4 5 Pass Pass
Doblo Pass Pass Pass 

Contract: 5 Doubled

Lead: A

West led A and continued with the J,  South ruffed with the 2, and played a trump to dummy’s Q, West played low and East pitched a small spade.

How do you continue?

It is obvious that if declarer leads another round of trumps he will be forced again, after which he could not make the contract.

A change of plan is necessary. If South can rightly guess how many clubs and how many hearts West has, and if he has five cards in these suits and the K is with East, as is likely on his overcall, South can make his contract in spite of West’s length in diamonds.

South at this point resorted to a cross-ruff and thus made his doubled contract.

In trick 4 the declarer leads dummy’s J and another heart to his Q, he continues with a club to dummy’s J, cashes the A and ruffs a spade in hand with his 7, and plays the A that makes the trick.

The position reached is:

North
    
   
 9          
 Q 8 4
South
       
 10 
 K J 10     
 
 

South leads the 10 and West could only make one trick: the A.

The complete hand was:

   8 5 3
 J 7 
 Q 9          
 A Q J 8 4 3
 
 A J 4            
 9 5 4 
 A 8 6 4 3  
 9 6
   K Q 10 9 7 2          
 K 8 3 2
 —           

 10 7 2
   6   
 A Q 10 6 
 K J 10 7 5 2     
 K 5
 

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