Most tables ended up in two or three hearts by South,
making nine tricks. My table was an exception—I had the South hand and
played it in two hearts, but good defence gave me no chance of an overtrick.
West led the ace of spades, followed by the three. I took East’s queen with
my king and led a heart to try and pull trumps. West went up with the ace
immediately and switched to a diamond. East’s jack won and he led another
spade, trumped by West. The ace of diamonds completed the defence’s five
tricks (ace of spades, ace of hearts, spade ruff and two high diamonds).
But, EW can do better. Can you see their best contract?
It is 3N by East. Assume you get a heart lead. Declarer ducks until the
third round. Declarer then forces out the ace of clubs (and breathes a sigh
of relief when North wins the trick and has no more hearts to return).
North’s best lead at this point is a spade. However, declarer wins the ace
and successfully finesses the diamonds. EW make the aces of hearts and
spades, three high diamonds and four clubs for nine tricks and the contract.
Only one pair managed to find this optimum contract—well done for excellent
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