#2 North South Vulnerable

West   North   East   South
1         2          Pass     2NT
Pass     3NT      AP                                               

North (Dummy)
♠ A K 2
 4 3
 K Q J 10 9 7
♣ 5 4                      

West                                       East
♠ J 8 4                                      ♠
 Q J 10 9 8                             2
♣ A 10 8 2                              ♣                                                 

South (Declarer)


West leads the Q. East signals with the 2. South wins the K and leads the 4. West wins the A. What is West’s plan?

This is a “counting declarer’s tricks” hand.

West leads the Q and East signals the 2 playing standard signals.  When West is in with theA, West must stop and count declarer’s tricks.  With theA out, declarer has five diamonds, two spades and two hearts (based on East’s signal at trick one) – 9 big ones. 

When a defender knows declarer has the number of tricks required for the contract in three suits, then the defender should switch to the fourth suit.  On this hand, West should lead the ♣2 when in with the A.  East wins the ♣K and returns a club through Declarer’s ♣Q.  The Defense takes one diamond and four clubs for down 1!

Take a look at the entire hand:

North (Dummy)
A K 2
 4 3
K Q J 10 9 7
♣ 5 4                     

West                                      East
♠ J 8 4                                     ♠ 7 6 5 3
  Q J 10 9 8                            7 2
 A                                          8 6 5 2
♣ A 10 8 2                             ♣ K J 9          

South (Declarer)
 ♠ Q 10 9
 A K 6 5
 4 3
♣ Q 7 6 3

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One thought

  1. I think there’s something wrong with the explanation, the stuff about only one spade and overtaking the K doesn’t fit this hand. I think you mean to say that West can see S has 9 tricks. The only hope is a club switch and a club through the queen for 4 club tricks plus the A of Diamonds… before N gets to run the diamonds.


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