NEW CANADIAN BRIDGE
Friday, September 25, 2020
East rose with the king, when dummy followed with the four, and returned another heart. Declarer continued with a diamond to the queen and unblocked the ace and queen of spades as East discarded a heart. A heart to the ace permitted South to cash the king and jack of spades on which he parted with two clubs. A diamond to the jack was followed by the ace resulting in nine tricks, N-S +150.
East had performed well by refusing to part with a diamond or declarer would have emerged with ten tricks.
West was confronted with an opening lead problem. Partner was marked with a singleton spade but any other choice had little appeal. Unfortunately, the heart lead gave declarer a second heart trick. A spade lead is harmless on this layout where declarer will be taxed because of the lack of entries to dummy. South will continue with a second spade discovering the 5-1 break and then advance the queen of diamonds for the king to ensure eight tricks. East may switch to a club as West wins but must not play two more rounds or the club queen will become South's ninth winner.