Delicate

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Here’s a nice deal from an evening at HOK. At my table both declarer and defence botched things up, but during the post mortem we spotted a delicate beauty to it. South gets to declare 4 after West crowded the auction by preempting in .

East Dealer
NS Vul
North
8732
5
AK83
KQ63
West
9
AKJT873
J94
T2
East
AJ64
962
QT2
974
South
KQT5
Q4
765
AJ85

West leads a top and switches to .

Plan A:

Declarer wins in dummy and plays a trump to the King. The Queen of gets ruffed in dummy and another trump to the Ten. Declarer crosses to dummy in to play dummy’s final trump. Leaving:

East Dealer
NS Vul
North
8
A83
Q63
West
JT87
J9
T2
East
AJ
9
QT
97
South
Q5
76
AJ8

When the 8 is played from dummy East will rise and play the 9, tapping declarer. 

Result: Failure.

Plan B:

Declarer wins the in dummy and plays a trump to the King. Next he crosses to dummy in to play another trump towards the Ten. Again declarer can cross in to play a 3rd round of trumps. Leaving:

East Dealer
NS Vul
North
87
A83
63
West
 
KJT87
J9
East
AJ
96
QT
9
South
Q5
Q
76
AJ

When the 3rd round of trumps is played from dummy East rises with the Ace and fires back the Jack of trumps. Leaving declarer with four inescapable losers.

Result: Failure.

Plan C:

Declarer wins the switch in dummy and continues with the other top and exits a to East. East might try the forcing game by switching back to which declarer ruffs in dummy. Now it is time to tackle trumps by playing one to the King, cross in and another trump to the Ten. Leaving:

East Dealer
NS Vul
North
8
8
Q63
West
JT87
T
East
AJ
9
97
South
Q5
AJ8

On track declarer cashes a top in hand before crossing to dummy in .  The thirteenth now neutralises East. If East decides to postpone the inevitable by discarding a , South can discard his last . Coup complete.

Result: Success.

As long as declarer sets up a winner in dummy declarer can always get to 10 tricks.

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