|The Declarer (Floyd McWilliams' Blog)|
Wednesday, July 13, 2005
Partner dealt and opened 1. RHO bid 2 weak. My hand was:
KJT9x x AT9x AKT
I had an easy 2 call. Partner raised to 3, and we were soon in slam.
LHO led J and I gazed at this dummy:
AQx AQx xxx QJ9x
It was hard to believe that we had any play. Of course without the preempt I would take a heart finesse for a diamond discard, but that seemed silly after the weak jump overcall from RHO.
But after a few seconds I found another line that had a small amount of hope. I won the heart and led a diamond to the ace. Then I pulled two rounds of trumps with the ace and king. Everyone followed to three rounds of clubs.
I led a diamond and RHO won the king. Now he was hosed! He started with six hearts (which I guessed from the overcall), and I had stripped his hand of all seven remaining cards. He was looking at five hearts to the king, while my dummy and hand were:
Q Qx x Q
JT9 - T9 -
I was able to ruff the K, lead a spade to dummy, and pitch diamonds on the two queens.
This line is legitimate if RHO held any two diamond honors doubleton. And it worked when I caught him napping with Kx. In this situation it is vital to lead the diamond early; he could not have failed to unblock if I had cashed out black cards and played ace and another diamond.