Neil Hay­ward

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - GOODCOVER -

Con­tract: 4 by South. Open­ing Lead: T. East plays A, and re­turns the Q. You cover, West trumps, and ex­its in hearts. How do you play? Rec­om­mended Line: You win, draw trumps and are faced with the pos­si­bil­ity that East can de­feat you by scor­ing two more tricks in clubs.

But, maybe des­per­ate mea­sures can save the day. Let’s give it a go. Hav­ing drawn trumps, play A, A, and over­take J.

Next, lead Q, hop­ing that West holds the K. If East plays low, you dis­card the K.

Your clever play is re­warded, since West does hold the K. You have es­tab­lished two spade win­ners, and, best of all, you have an un­will­ing ally on your left.

West, who is down to hold­ing just spades and di­a­monds, has no choice but to give you ac­cess to two pre­cious spade win­ners on ta­ble. They say that a friend in need is a nui­sance. Not so in this case.

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