Just for a change, I have chosen a fairly gentle deal today. West leads the 10 of trumps against your small slam in hearts. It is barely possible to avoid a diamond loser, so it seems you will need the king of spades to be onside. How should you plan the play? In particular, how should you manage your entries to dummy, which are not plentiful? Win the trump lead with the king and cross to the ace of trumps. You finesse the spade queen, pleased to see the finesse win, and draw the last trump with the queen. What next? If you cross to the ace of diamonds to repeat the spade finesse, you will go down. With a diamond loser exposed, you would have to take a successful club finesse to make the slam. Instead, you should play ace and another club, setting up a second club trick for a diamond discard. You are then safe on any return. If East returns a club, for example, you will win and discard your diamond loser. You can then repeat the spade finesse and ruff your last spade in dummy. South makes a negative (take-out) double of your partner’s 2C overcall. What will you say?
You should raise to 3C, even though you hold only two clubs. It is likely that your partner has a six-card suit. Anyway, you are keen to take away bidding space from the opponents. Awards: 3C – 10, redouble – 7, 2D – 3.