BRIDGE BIDDING QUIZ
West leads the spade king against your 4H. Partner apologises for his dummy and you ruff in the South hand. When you play the ace and king of trumps you are rewarded with a 2-2 break. How will you play for maximum safety from this point? Only a 4-1 or 5-0 diamond break can put your contract at risk. Rather than test this suit immediately, you should play ace, king and another club. The defender who wins is likely to play another spade (a diamond return would help you, allowing you to take a finesse). You ruff the spade exit in your hand and lead the jack of diamonds. East wins with an honour and cannot play another diamond or you will guarantee the contract with a finesse of the 10. He will have to play a third round of spades. You ruff and exit with the four of diamonds. East wins with the seven and is endplayed. He will either have to lead into your A-10 of diamonds or give you a ruff-and-discard. A heart lead, or a low club lead, would have beaten the contract. With no entries to dummy, you could not have arranged the removal of all dummy’s spades. East would then have had a safe spade exit when you endplayed him with a second round of diamonds.